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!


  • Robert Williams says:

    We love you Grandpa.

  • Kimee Reyes says:

    My journey with Frank was amazing we had many conversations over dinner, coffee, cinnamon bread, ice cream, and getting our feet done. i’ll never forget his Daughter Dolores and I went to lunch one day and she stated I really think my Dad needs your SUNSHINE,but little did she know, I needed his SUNSHINE. He put the Smile back on my face. He was such wonderful company he drew me pictures of places I need to see in the world, such a humble man, he taught me about stocks, how to play cribbage (he let me win sometime) but we all knew he was the best card player around!!! I believe God sent me to Frank to remind him everyday (LOL) about Hope and Faith that there was more to life then what we can see!! I struck a Friendship for life(the best teacher I ever had. I know in my Heart Frank Believed there is more to life then we can see. Frank is know in Heaven with his Beautiful Wife Dolores. Frank you are unforgettable you will be in my heart always your Favorite Kim You will always be my favorite teacher!!

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