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Frank Pastore Memorial Set For Dec. 29

The public is invited to the service at Calvary Chapel Chino Valley.

The memorial for the KKLA Christian radio show host and former major league pitcher, will be held at 1 p.m. Dec. 29 at Calvary Chapel Chino Valley.

The public service at 12205 Pipeline Ave., Chino, will include eulogies from pastors David Rosales and Greg Laurie of Harvest Christian Fellowship in Riverside.

Pastore will be laid to rest at a later date during a private family service.

Pastore, the popular host of the Frank Pastore Show, succumbed to his injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident Nov. 19 on the 210 Freeway. He was in a month-long coma but passed away Monday afternoon.

He pitched for the Reds from 1979 through 1985 and for the Minnesota Twins in 1986. But his pitching career was ended at Dodger Stadium in 1984, when a line drive by Dodger second baseman Steve Sax smashed the elbow of his pitching arm in a moment that "eternally changed my life," as he would later put it.

"Immediately, I knew my arm would never be the same again, and my career, as I had known it, had come to a tragic end," he wrote in his 1998 memoir. "The crack of the bat still echoed through the stadium as every eye focused on me as I clutched my elbow and grimaced in agony.

Born in Alhambra on Aug. 21, 1957, he was a baseball star at Damien High School in La Verne when he was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in 1975.

After leaving major league baseball, Pastore enrolled in college, earning graduate degrees in theology and political science. His 8-year-old drive-time KKLA-FM program was said to be the most-listened to Christian talk- show in the country.

He is survived by his wife of 27 years, Gina; two adult children, Frank and Christina; and one grandchild.

 

- City News Service contributed to this report.

kathy mansker December 20, 2012 at 09:44 AM
I was really sorry to hear about Frank Pastoe's passing. Wow, he sure is going to be missed. We sure needed him here, not only by his loving wife, and family but for us. There's not many speakers like him. Over the years, I have listened to his radio talk show when ever I could. I liked listening to him, and how he would help the people who would call in with their questions, or problems. I really liked how he would answer his callers. Wow, I guess God has other plans for him. Only He knows whats best for us. I know we are not supposed to ask why God would take someone like Frank, when this country needs men like him to speck up aganist the wrong in this world. So now we all have to pray more, and speak out like Frank did. I am happy for Frank that he is with our Father, but sad for his family, and for us. I will sure miss him. God bless his family, and all of us as a people, Kathy Mansker.....
Mikey's Mom December 20, 2012 at 05:46 PM
A stand up kind of guy that will certainly be missed. My son attends Damien and like Frank did, plays ball there. Frank is the kind of man that set an example for these boys (young men) to follow and I am thankful for people like that. Condolences and prayers to his family -
Frank December 22, 2012 at 08:16 AM
We need a good man like frank ,,,,,,,,,,, why did the lord take him home so soon? My condolence to his family ,,,,,,,,,,, frank & Ann avilez Calvary chapel echo park
Linda Allen December 23, 2012 at 08:48 PM
Like the others, I will miss Frank. Since I moved, I have been just a few miles out of the reception area for KKLA. I really missed Frank's show and whenever I drove into an area that received KKLA during his showtime, the first thing I did was turn on his show.. I had not been in the area for more than a month when I turned my radio on last Tuesday so it was with great shock that I heard the news. Not only were his topics timely and his guests on point, Frank was knowledgeable and insightful. I was blown away every time I listened by the depth of his knowledge and preparedness. It was obvious that he had researched the topic from all angles and it was very helpful to me, and his other listeners, to hear the news of the day from a Christian perspective. All of us will miss him greatly. My heart and prayers are with his wife and family. Frank made it clear to his audience how much he loved them. I hope this knowledge and knowing he is home with the Lord will help them during their grief. It won't be easy especially during the holidays but I have no doubt that the Lord will help they through this and I am sure that Frank's many friends, and theirs, will be their to help them also. I only wish that I could be them to support them. If they reading this, I hope they feel my arms reaching out to hug them.

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