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Frank DeCesare

02/24/1933 - 08/31/2022
Service Date: 09/07/2022
Service Time: 11:00 AM
Service Location: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - 2424 N. Old Gilbert Road, Mesa, Az
Visitation Date: 09/06/2022
Visitation Time: 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Visitation Location: Bunker's Garden Chapel
Interment: City of Mesa Cemetery

The service can be viewed at the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pbjm4cTomOY

Frank DeCesare, age 89, passed peacefully from this earthly life on August 31, 2022, at his home in Mesa, Arizona surrounded by his family. Frank was born February 24, 1933, in the Bronx, NY to Frank Silvio Ronaldo DeCesare and Rose Schneider who immediately placed him in foster care where he bounced from home to home but was never adopted. These difficult circumstances shaped his life. In adulthood, he made sure that everyone he met felt included and loved.

In 1962 he married Klara Rowe in Las Vegas, Nevada. Frank was the father to five children, the first of which he adopted and raised as his own: Lisa Quintanar (Ringo), Lori Draper (Lance), Darin DeCesare (Caroline), Maria Bengtson who preceded him in death (Craig) and Kyle Wright (Darcy). In 1995 he married Diane Bradshaw in Mesa, Arizona and inherited four more children who he also loved as his own: Todd Bradshaw (Jennifer), Kristen Danielsen (Jeff), Laura Krummenacher (Brent) and Matt Bradshaw (Becky). He leaves behind his older brother David DeCesare (Joan), his half siblings Frank II DeCesare (deceased) (Rosemary), Ruth Champigny (Earl), Ellen Gashel (Michael deceased), Arthur Wright (Christine), Joseph Wright, thirty-seven grandchildren and nineteen great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews all of whom will miss him dearly.

Frank had a lengthy career as an advertising executive doing both print ads and television commercials for Vegas Village, Caterpillar, Ford, and a host of other car dealerships. In retirement he served for five years as the vehicle coordinator on a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

He had a heart of gold and was generous to a fault. He was the king of jokes with always one at the ready. He served others with his whole heart and loved deeply. His friendships spanned decades and included a variety of different ages, ethnicities, and religious beliefs. All those who knew him, loved him. His generosity, love, compassion, and kindness were unparalleled. He will be greatly missed by his family, friends, neighbors, and fellow church members. We look forward to being reunited with him again someday.

Visitation: September 6th from 5:00-7:00 pm at Bunker Family Mortuary located at 33 N. Centennial Way, Mesa, AZ 85201.

Funeral Service: September 7th at 11:00 am at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints located at 2424 N. Old Gilbert Road, Mesa, AZ 85203.

Arrangements by Bunker’s Garden Chapel, www.bunkerfuneral.com. Should this obituary appear anywhere but bunkerfuneral.com, please check our website for accurate details and service information.


  • Christine D Wright

    Frank, even though your DeCesare family members were not mentioned in your obituary, you were so loved by them. Your brother David (Kiki) DeCesare (Joan) loved you and was very close with you all of your life. You were also loved and close with your half-brothers Frank De Cesare (Frank 2) (Rosemary) and Arthur Wright (Christine). And you were very close with your many nieces and nephews from those brothers. You also leave many other relatives, to numerous to mention, on your mother’s side of the family who knew and loved you. We love you Frank and will miss you terribly.

  • Lori and family ,
    We are sorry for your loss of your father, husband and grandpa. Lots of love and prayers the Siegel family

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