Franco, David Anthony, a 42 year resident of Torrance, went to his eternal reward on Sunday, December 26, 2010, following a long bout with lung cancer. David was born in Tucson, AZ January 10, 1939. He attended Mt. Carmel High School and L.A. City College. David served in the Army Reserve from 1957 to 1960. A career prototype machinist, Dave worked for Northrop, Hughes, TRW, Raytheon, and Boeing helping to develop many of the technologies we enjoy today. Coach Franco was a prominent figure in the Torrance soccer community in the 1970's and 1980's. David is survived by wife, Carole Franco, sons, Michael Franco (Michelle) of Long Beach, Stephen Franco (Natalie) of Torrance, daughter, Pauline (Greg) Thomke of Hawthorne, and 3 granddaughters Alicia Franco, Ashley Franco, and Andrea Franco. Visitation will be held at Rice Mortuary Chapel on Tuesday, January 4, 2011 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. with recitation of the Holy Rosary at 7 p.m. The Funeral Mass will be held at St. James Catholic Church on Wednesday, January 5, at 10 a.m. with a reception following in St. James Parish Hall from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Burial will be private.

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  1. Carol, I just got an email from my brother about your loss. Please accept our heartfelt condolence from our family to yours. You and your loved ones are all in our prayers, just as Dave is too. We shall miss his precious smile, as we remember him, when we come for our cenacle at your home. God bless you all and be with you always, but most especially at this time of your bereavement. Take care. Ramon, Liz and family

  2. Carole, Mike, Steve, and Pauline and Family. We have you all in our Hearts and Our daily Prayers. We love you all so much. Dave was such a wonderful Person and helped so many people in his life. He was a very special person to me and Bill. We so enjoyed all of our time we have spent with all of the Franco Family. God Bless and Be with you all Carole at this time. We know Dave is in Heaven, Oh Lord help God. HeHe. Dave is not longer in pain, no more tubes or canes or walkers. He is walking on his own and waiting for you all. God Bless you and Be with you all. WeLove you All, Your Friends, Bill & Michelle 🙂

  3. Hold tight to memories for comfort, lean on your friends for strength, and always remember how much you are ALL cared about.

  4. Was real sorry to hear about Dave, He was really to good freind not only to me but to my son Gene Jr,will keep the family in our prayers God Bless

  5. We want to express our Heartfelt Sympathy for the loss of David. He will be remembered as a very good neighbor who care about others. With Christian Love,the Abela Family

  6. Dearest Carole, Mike, Steve and Pauline, What a precious radiant smile Dave had! It lives on in ALL of you who are his legacy. We will be with you on the 5th. Dave is surely now walking and even dancing in heaven now free of pain. God bless each of you. We’ll be with you on the 5th. Love, hugs and prayers, Ruth and Ron

  7. Carole, Mike, Steve & Pauline, My thoughts & prayers are with you, I am sorry that I can’t be there with you at this time. I will miss my good neighbor,& friend. Love, Barbara

  8. My heartfelt condolences to the Franco family. “Coach Dave” was a true titan of the community whose positive influence will be felt forever.

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