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Feb. 1, 2010

Jimmie P. Frausto, long-time manager of the well-respected Jimmy’s Dukes softball team, has died at age 77.

He was born in Pearsall, Texas, on Sept. 1, 1932 and he moved to Northern California in the 1940s to look for work in the fields. He married Mary Sepeda (Frausto) in 1950 and moved to the Los Angeles area.

He worked as a groundskeeper for many years where he was exposed to asbestos and other chemical agents. He was diagnosed with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and Pulmonary Fibrosis. He spent his last moments of life surrounded by family and friends who loved him very much.

He played baseball since he was a very young boy and was very passionate about the sport.

Once during a family reunion at Big Bear, Frausto had a game scheduled and not wanting to disappoint the family, he woke up very early, drove down the mountain to play his game and drove back before they could notice he was gone.

He was known as a special man who made a difference in so many lives.

The local league has chosen to honor his life by naming themselves, the Jimmie Frausto League. Frausto will always be remembered for his heartfelt connection and dedication to those with whom he surrounded himself. He will be remembered for his big heart and his love of the game.

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