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Frank Eleno Delcid
“Don’t you know that it’s worth every treasure on earth to be young at heart. For as rich as you
are, it’s much better by far to be young at heart.’-Young at Heart, Frank Sinatra.
The mortal bounds of earth cannot keep even the youngest of hearts, such as our Frank Eleno Delcid, for
itself. “Dad” to his four sons, “Nonno” to his grand-children and great-grandchildren, and “Frank”
to his friends, was a true treasure to those who loved him and knew him well. He filled the room
and the hearts of those in it, with his quick wit, humor, playfulness and warmth.
Frank was born February 25th, 1933 to Cedio and Leocadia (Olague) Delcid in Bakersfield,
California. He was proud to be a fourth generation Mexican-American in Kern County. He
attended Garces High School where he met the love of his life, Diane (Prati) Delcid. The two
were King and Queen of the 1952 winter formal, their senior year. Frank and Diane were known
for their impressive style of dancing, which would clear the floor as people stopped to watch and
take pictures. They were married February 28th, 1954 and enjoyed the 60 years they had
Frank was drafted into the army in 1953 and spent two years stationed in Alaska. He spoke
fondly of his time in the army and the friends he made. It was also during this time that he met
men that worked for Pacific Bell back home, who introduced him to their line work. He said he
instantly fell in love with it because he loved being outside and up in the air. The first thing he
wanted to do after getting out of the army was to work for Pacific Bell, which he did. He started
as a splicer and worked his way up to supervisor, retiring after 30 years. Frank and Diane
relocated to Tehachapi, California where they spent the rest of their married life. Their mountain
home became a getaway for the family, who would escape the valley heat to spend time with
Frank and Diane, around the outside table under the shade of big trees, sharing stories and
He was preceded in death by his wife, Diane and brother, Gabriel. He is survived by his sister
Lucy Ford and brother Gilbert and wife Linda; his children Anthony and wife Laticia, Tim and
wife Linda, Randy and Dion. Grandchildren Timothy, Joshua, Serah, Jessica, and Veronica. He
also leaves behind 10 great-grandchildren and countless other relatives and friends, all of
whom were made much richer by far, to have had him in their lives. He will be greatly missed.
Services will be held at a later date.
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