After four years of service, he was honorably discharged, leaving Germany and returning to Colorado, on April 21, 1969. It was then that he began his prestigious career in Law Enforcement by joining the Denver Police Department in 1970.
In 1981, he moved from Lakewood, CO with his wife and daughter, Julie, to Escondido, Ca. he then joined San Diego Police Department in October 1985 and retired in June 2004.
Throughout his career as a Police Officer, he received many rewarding commendations including two "Life Saving" awards. Frank held dear to his heart those lives he assisted in saving, recently commenting, with tremendous pride, on one, "Wow! That little baby is 10 years old now!!"
Frank used his time as a Police Officer to reach out to countless people with a goal to make a positive impact on/protect his communities and change lives for the better. He accomplished this, not only through his dispatched calls, but through his co-workers ("brothers and sisters"), local fire house 'family' and even reaching out to those in dispatch. He maintained an easy going, approachable, attractive manner that drew people to him in trust and comfort. He had an infectious smile and an unforgettable laugh. His hugs and his hand shake were filled with warmth and welcome. His "no worry" approach to life and signature 'two thumbs up' was inviting and comforting.
Frank and his family have been members of Emmanuel Faith Community Church for 25 glorious years. He was very proud to be a part of serving communion. Pastor Dennis Keating has been one of Franks greatest mentors and gracious life guides through Christ.
Frank had a genuine passion for travel (loved the mountains), playing tennis and an admiration for boxing. In his early years with Denver Police Department he was one of their 'fighters' as a member of their boxing team. Frank is, without a doubt, the Denver Bronco's #1 Fan!
Frank was very proud of his family and his friends. He exemplified the definition of unconditional love and considered himself very fortunate for the opportunity to share the gift of friendship throughout his life, daily.
Frank is survived by his wife, Bev Brito; his children, Julie Brito, Richard Sebern and Sandy Sebern; many close-nit cousins; his nephew Geno Pallilian; his blessing of a 'father-like' relationship to 14 additional kids; three grandchildren, Robbie, Tony and Brady; 24 others that know him as "Grandpa," "Papa Frank" or "Papa Brito," and is Godfather to Kayla Madison Frietas; his pups, 'The Mick' and his precious princess Coco with her newborn puppies: Moses, Noah, Cleo, Bronco and Papa Bear.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his brothers. Services are as follows: Internment on Friday, June 25, 2010, at 10:00 a.m. at Oak Hill Memorial Park, 2640 Glenridge Rd., Escondido, CA 92027. Memorial Service and Reception on Saturday, June 26, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. at Emmanuel Faith Community Church, 639 East 17th Avenue Escondido, CA 92025.
Thank you to California Funeral Alternatives for assisting in handling arrangements with patience and comfort for our family.
If you would like to make a donation, in honor of Frank Brito, please consider the following: Become a donor like Frank! Fill out a donor card Give Blood! He donated appx. 38 gallons throughout the past 30 years. For Monetary donations, send to: Cancer Angels of San Diego, 1915 Aston Ave., San Diego, CA 92008.
Frank's family would like to thank the countless people who have demonstrated strength, perseverance and faith as a part of our 'extended family' throughout the past 30 years. The laughter, support and encouragement has generated such a strong sense of peace and pride in Frank's memory. Thank you to the paramedics and Trauma ICU staff of Palomar Hospital for your diligence, graciousness, honesty and compassion with our family throughout this tragic event. Frank Brito, a man of strength, Faith in God and a sense of humor that will forever remain in our hearts and on our smiles.
Published in San Diego Union-Tribune on June 23, 2010
BRITO, FRANK JOSEPH "Frankie," was 66 years young! He was born December 24, 1943, and came Face To Face with Jesus June 17, 2010, as the result of a fall at his home.
Frank was a 29 year resident of Escondido, CA.
He was born in Pueblo, Colorado to mother Mary C. Brito-Montano and father Tomas Montano. He was the youngest of five boys, his brothers: Pete, Ted, Tino and Joe.
Frank and his wife, Bev Brito, were coming upon celebrating 30 wonderful years of marriage. They were married in Commerce City, CO on August 16, 1980.
Frank attended school in Commerce City, CO and then enlisted in the Army, on November 30, 1965, in Oakland, CA.