Duarte's Lincoln Highway Garage owner passes

Mike Kaelin of Tracy, Calif., sends word that Francis (Frank) H. Duarte, 96, passed away on Nov. 22, 2011. He was the last business owner of the iconic Duarte’s Lincoln Highway Garage in Livermore. Frank was born in 1915, the year of the Pan-Pacific International Expo in San Francisco, a prime destination that year for Lincoln Highway travelers. Coincidently, the California LHA Chapter is planning its Winter meeting at Duarte’s Garage on Jan. 7, 2012.

Frank had bought and managed Duarte’s Garage after his discharge from the Army Air Corps in 1945. he had already worked there for his father, Frank, since 1934, then enlisted as an aircraft mechanic in 1939. He is survived by two nieces. Services on Dec. 14 were private, and Frank was interred at St.Michael Cemetery in Livermore. Donations in his name may be made to the Duarte Garage Museum, now operated by the Livermore Heritage Guild. Learn more about the garage and museum at www.livermorehistory.com/.

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One Response to “Duarte's Lincoln Highway Garage owner passes”

  1. Scott Piotrowski Says:

    Wow, name is Duarte (a Route 66 town in CA) and passed away on the birthdate of the US Highway System. Born in the same year as the Pan Pacific Expo. Dang. I never met him, but I have to think that this was probably one of the coolest guys ever in the world.

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