Frank C. Valls
Oct 23, 1923 - Sep 8, 2019
Frank was born 10/23/23 in New York City, NY. He passed away after a very active and fulfilling life at age 95 on 09/08/19. He is survived by his children Frank Valls, Manuel Valls and Dolores Valls; grandchildren Christopher Valls, Kenneth Valls, Vanessa Valls, Trevor Valls, Robert Williams and Patrick Williams; and great-grandson Austin Valls. He was loved and respected by daughters-in-law Cynthia Valls, Sandra Valls, and son-in-law Steve Williams. Frank was preceded in death by his wife whom he loved dearly, Dolores Valls, and his younger sister, Mary Flowers.
Frank’s parents, Francisco & Maria Valls, were immigrants from Barcelona, Spain who arrived in the U.S. in 1919. As a child Frank lived in New York City & in Barcelona. Frank valued his Spanish heritage & made many trips back to Spain over the years.
Frank served in the U.S. Army during WWII from April 1943 to December 1945 as a combat engineer. He served in Italy, France, Germany & Austria. He graduated from college as a civil engineer in January 1952 & worked as a bridge designer on Wall Street. He married Dolores Leiva in 1953. In 1955 he accepted a job in California with Aerojet as a propulsion engineer & he & his wife moved to Sacramento. While working long hours at Aerojet he & his wife raised three children. He studied & obtained his Professional Engineering licenses as a mechanical & nuclear engineer. After a lay-off at Aerojet, Frank became a professor of engineering at Sacramento City College in 1973. He earned a Doctorate of Education degree in 1976. He retired from teaching after 20 years at age 70 in May 1993.
Frank had many interests. He was a member of & held some offices in Club Español, Circulo Hispano, Club Iberico, the VFW, Sutter Lawn tennis club, Arden Hills Tennis Club, & SIR (Sons in Retirement). He enjoyed tennis, water aerobics, bridge and board games. He loved to travel. He loved sharing his knowledge & telling stories of his past experiences.
Frank Valls was a very engaging man who loved his family & friends dearly, and tried to make the most out of every day. We will miss him very much!