Frank Doran Ducey, Jr. passed away January 8 near his home in Las Vegas. Frank was born in West Covina, May 6, 1964. His family moved from Claremont to San Clemente in 1974, and Frank spent the next nearly 45 years as a fixture in the community. A gifted all-around athlete, Frank was a disciplined team player in baseball, soccer and other youth sports, whether it was in an organized league at the Boys Club or pick-up game on the Our Lady of Fatima grounds. He continued with basketball, football and cross country into his early high school years. Always most at home in the water, he took up bodysurfing and became an avid swimmer, eventually teaching youth swimming lessons. Frank graduated from San Clemente High School in 1982. He soon joined the U.S. Army, serving four years in the 7th Infantry Division Light Infantry at Fort Ord and the 2nd Infantry Division in Korea, where he was an assistant to the commanding general. Returning home to San Clemente, he went on to develop several types of CD-ROM software. He also worked with an IT product and service provider and two search engine optimization specialty firms. Ultimately, he founded his own firm, USA Pro Tour, and carried out his vision of launching a multimedia, multi-language golf app. This piqued his interest in watching professional golf, but it wouldn't match the passion he had for cheering on Mike Trout and the Angels. Frank often could be seen walking between the Pier Bowl and North Beach, long before there was an established trail. An unofficial ambassador for his hometown, Frank helped friends who moved away keep up with San Clemente happenings and helped welcome them home when they returned. Frank was thoughtful, loyal and a generous friend to all, always willing to give his time to help someone in need. Frank is survived by his mother, Beverly; sisters Kitty Parks, Peggy Kohler (Mark) and Liz Barbee (Jeff); brothers Andy (Susan) and Tom (Kathy); nieces Kellie Browne (Aaron), Elizabeth Penney (Chris), Kate Feinsod, Sarah Kohler (Adam), Andrea Barbee and Bonnie Whitehouse; nephew Patrick Barbee; great-nephews Jacob Penney, Tristen Taylor, Cash Feinsod, Alex Browne and William Browne; great-niece Olivia Penney; cousins from the McCormick and MacDonald families; and the Wellman family, who all knew him as Uncle Frank. He was preceded in death by his father, Frank Sr. Their ashes will be buried together at St. Patrick Cemetery in Ada, Michigan, following a private family service in June. Donations made in his name to the Boys & Girls Club of the South Coast Area, where Frank made many lifelong friends, will provide financial assistance for kids to participate in the Club's sports leagues.
Published in Orange County Register on Jan. 17, 2021.