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Frank "Frankie" DeVol (78 yrs) passed away in Sacramento, CA. on April 5, 2020 from Heart complications. Frank was born in Council Bluffs, Iowa and moved to Sacramento, California with his family where he began playing baseball at a young age. He continued his life of baseball in the Men's Fastpitch era from 1960's to the mid 1980's where he was well known. He also played in the first season of SMSBL (Sacramento Men's Senior Baseball League), and played on 8 Championship teams while there. He was inducted into the SMSBL Hall of Fame class of 2007. He earned 8 World Series rings. He is survived by three children, Paul E. [Alesia] DeVol of Camino, Ca., Robert A. [Michelle] DeVol of Citrus Heights, Ca., Debi [Kenny] Crabtree of Citrus Heights, Ca., 7 Grandchildren, and a nephew Johnny [Nollie] DeVol of Seattle, Wa. Due to the current COVID-19 outbreak there will not be services. In the future when the pandemic is over, there will be a celebration of life for Frank E. DeVol. He will later be laid to rest along with his mother Lena DeVol. You can leave messages at legacy.com

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Published in The Sacramento Bee on Apr. 14, 2020.
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May 19, 2020
We met Frank at an MSBL tournament in Arizona many years ago. He was a very good ball player and an even nicer person. Always friendly and helpful. Most of all he was a gentleman - deepest condolences to the family. My husband and I will never forget him.
Nick Irene
Friend
April 22, 2020
Robert DeVol
April 22, 2020
Robert DeVol
April 22, 2020
Robert DeVol
April 21, 2020
MSBL World Series
Robert DeVol
April 21, 2020
MSBL World Series
Robert DeVol
April 20, 2020
Hi there Dad. I am grateful for all of the wonderful memories I have of you. Some of my favorites are you playing your ukelele and singing to me, playing oldies on the 8 track, when we made our own skits, frisbee golf, magic shows, Christmas shows at memorial auditorium, bringing my family to visit and trips to the buffet to name a few. You are now with family and on a new adventure. Love you lots.
Debra Crabtree
April 20, 2020
Hey grandpa its me Matthew your grandson from Germany , im looking Back to that day we Played some Ball in your backjard,i really do missing it.
We didnt meet really often,but the times i remember where really nice and lovely.
Its Just because we have a huge distance in between ..
Right now i cant get out of Germany ,but soon as i can ill Take a visit,promise.
When my dad told me about you,the world stoped for a Moment . Im really sad about it.. but a friend Always told me ,the good ones Always Go early .. now you have to watch out for us from above .
Keep playing Ball Up there i know youll do it.
Rest in Peace grandpa .
Love ,your grandson Matthew
Matthew Devol
April 15, 2020
Grandpa, from opening Christmas presents with you, to playing baseball in the backyard. You were one quick son of a gun, I remember when we were in front of a restaurant and somehow it turned into a race between you, me and Topher. You were in your 60s and you whooped me! Obviously those championship rings didn't win themselves. I'll make it a goal this year to visit your birthplace. Love you.
Daniel DeVol
Family
April 15, 2020
Dad, I enjoyed the time we had after I retired in 2009 and watching you play ball just as I did growing up. I am going to miss our visits and talks about your new ideas and your baseball stories. I know your with family now, and I'm sure your looking for a ballgame somewhere. Hopefully they have Pepsi and sunflower seeds for you.
I look forward to my trip back to the USA for your celebration of life. I love you Dad- miss you
Paul E. DeVol
April 14, 2020
Dad, I know we did not get to spend as much time together, but I will miss the time we did have. I have heard so many stories about you from Bob, You were always so polite and treated me as your own daughter. I will miss you Dad. Rest In Peace. I love you.
Michelle DeVol
April 14, 2020
So sad losing my long time friend, Frankie Devol. I remember playing in a church softball league against each other when we were teenagers. It was almost impossible to hold him to a single...he was so fast, that any base hit was a sure double. He was a teammate on our first SMSBL baseball team (Yankees) in 1984, besides being a key for our Sacramento teams winning several world series titles, he was the MVP of the first 50+ demo game played at the MSBL world series. That game led to age groups 50+, 55+, 60+, 65+, 70+, 73+, and 75+ age groups still playing world series baseball. Frankie was a great player and a great guy! We will miss him!
VAL LEWIS
April 14, 2020
I was sadden to read of Frankie's passing. I have known him since he was a small boy living with his parents near Fremont school. We have played baseball together for years, and in my opinion he was one of the finest ball players to come out of Sacramento. My condolences to his family and I look forward to a celebration of his life at a later date.
richard cable
Friend
April 14, 2020
Dad, I am glad we had the last 4 months to spend together and glad I was able to assist you in these last months. I know you are at peace now and with your whole family. I'll miss you. Your son, Robert.
Robert DeVol
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