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 Deacon Francisco “Frank” Alaniz passed away on Sept. 15 after battling lung cancer for several years. He was 72 years old.

 Deacon Frank was born on October 14, 1946 in Vernon, Texas. He and his wife, Amelia, were married on October 21, 1967. He was Ordained to the Permanent Diaconate by Bishop Gerald Barnes on October 5, 1996. For many years, Deacon Frank served in Detention Ministry in the High Desert, as well as Native American Ministries. His most recent parish assignment was St. Junipero Serra Parish in Phelan.

 Mass of Resurrection for Deacon Frank was celebrated on September 27 at St. Junipero Serra Church in Phelan with a graveside service immediately following at Desert View Memorial Park in Victorville.