Frank Duane Albert
Oct 16, 1942 - Jul 23, 2012
Frank passed away at home on July 23, 2012 with his wife by his side after his very courageous battle with lung cancer. He was the son of Robert and Ida Newman Albert. He was born in Sacramento, raised in Fields Landing, California, became an Eagle Scout at the young age of thirteen, and graduated from Eureka Senior High School in 1960. Then he began his career of over fifty years as an Auto and Diesel Mechanic. In 1967 he and his wife and their two young children moved to Sacramento. Since 1992 he has been employed in West Sacramento as The Fleet Maintenance Shop Foreman by KAG West/ Beneto Tank Lines. Prior to that, he was the Shop Foreman for Peters Truck Lines for seventeen years.
Frank was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and a good friend to many. He is survived by Barbara, his loving wife and best friend of 50 years, their son Herk Albert, their daughter Stacey Stark and her husband Rob, granddaughter Jessica Lightle and her husband Nick, granddaughter Mandi Seavers and her husband Jordan, baby great-grandson Eli Lee Lightle, his older brother Jim Albert of Glastonbury, Connecticut, and his younger twin sisters Sandra Katri and Sharon DeCarli both of Ferndale, California.
Family and his job were always Frank’s priorities in life and throughout all of his years, he was also very involved in all kinds of auto racing, especially Sprint Car Racing. During the 1960’s he was a three-term president of the Humboldt Timing Association at the Samoa Drag Strip in Eureka, California. He raced his 1954 blue Chevy powered Ford pickup and other hot rods at the drag strip and also raced stock cars at the Redwood Acres in Eureka. After moving to Sacramento, he liked to go to the NARC races at Calistoga and he went to almost every Saturday night race at West Capital Raceway. In 1972 he received a trophy for being an outstanding pitman on the car that won the championship that year.
For several years, in addition to his full time job, he and his wife owned and operated Frank Albert Racing – Track Sales and Service. With the help of their son Herk, on weekends they traveled to races at Calistoga and other tracks throughout Northern California where they sold racecar tires, parts, and driver safety equipment. Over the years Frank was honored to receive many trophies and awards. In 1987 he and Norm Rapp were awarded Calistoga’s Northern Auto Racing Club’s Walter T. Ross Award for Outstanding Contributions to Automobile Racing in Northern California. In 2005 The Motor Sports Press Association honored him at their 42nd Annual Award Dinner and Presentations by presenting him with their prestigious Gordon Martin Award in recognition of his lifelong dedication and contributions to the sport of automobile racing and to racecar drivers for the betterment of motor sports. (Gordon Martin was a journalist and longtime motor sports editor for The San Francisco Chronicle and an enthusiastic fan of auto racing.) In 2009 he was inducted into the West Capital Raceway Alumni Association’s Hall of Fame. On weekends you could often find him at the races, racer’s swap meets and car shows. He especially enjoyed going to the Fortuna Autorama and Hot August Nites at Reno when time allowed. During the past few years he and his son have continued to help Norm Rapp with his track sales and service at the Saturday BCRA Midget Races.
Frank and his warm smile will be greatly missed by his family who dearly loved and admired him and also by his many friends. Private services will be held. If you wish, memorial donations, in his name, may be given to the Shriners Hospital for Children in Sacramento.
‘Every now and then, take a second, Breathe deeply and think of me. Smile, and know that I am always with you.’