Mr. Frank Pati, 84, passed away quietly at home with friends on the evening of November 15, 2019 following a lengthy battle with COPD and Pulmonary fibrosis. A current resident of Cathedral City, CA, Frank was born in New Mine, Pennsylvania on April 21, 1935, the youngest of six children. His parents were immigrants from Italy who would move their family to the Brockton-Fredonia area in New York where Frank grew up and graduated from Brockton high school.
A huge sports “fan,” Frank had been the co-owner/operator of Mages Sporting Goods in the old Santa Rosa Mall and was well known with Palm Springs sports enthusiasts. A familiar face in “senior” softball leagues, he was an avid player in both Palm Springs, CA and Mesquite, NV where he earned the affectionate nickname of ‘Mr. Senior Softball.” In 2012, Frank was named as the first ‘Nevada Senior Citizen of the Year’ for creating and managing the Mesquite Senior Games which brought track and field, basketball, softball, archery and tennis to area seniors. He “retired” from active playing at aged 80.
Frank is survived by one sister, Caroline Graziano, extended family members and his much-beloved service-dog, “Lucy,” who was his constant companion. Frank was preceded in death by his parents, James and Clara (Buffone) Pati, three brothers, one sister, wife Betty as well as his longtime friend and mentor, Dr. Randolph Newman of Santa Rosa, CA.
Frank requested cremation; his ashes will be mixed with those of his beloved wife, Betty, and scattered together at a future date.
Memorials in Frank’s name can be made to Bridge Home Health and Hospice who provided care in his final days.