Frank Pastore
Frank Pastore (Hand in Photo)

A memorial service for Christian radio host and former Major League Baseball pitcher Frank Pastore will be held at 1 p.m. Dec. 29 at Calvary Chapel Chino Valley, the family announced Wednesday.

Set to deliver eulogies will be the church's senior pastor David Rosales as well as Greg Laurie, senior pastor of Harvest Christian Fellowship in Riverside, said his widow, Gina Pastore.

The public is invited to the memorial service at the Pastores' home church, located at 12205 Pipeline Ave., Chino.

Pastore, who was 55, will be laid to rest at a later date. Gina Pastore did not disclose the burial date nor the location. Family and close friends will hold a private graveside service, she said.

"There's literally been, between texts, emails, Facebook posts ... thousands" of correspondence received by Gina Pastore and her family since her husband's death on Monday, she said Wednesday. "I can't even read them all. We are amazed at how he touched so many lives."

Many friends and fans have sent letters, including some of Pastore's teammates when he played for the Cincinnati Reds from 1979 to 1985. A right-hander, Pastore had a 48-58 record and 4.29 ERA in 220 career games, according to MLB.com.

"I have heard from so many of them. I just got an email a couple days ago from Johnny Bench," she said. Bench is a Hall of Fame catcher who caught Pastore during the early part of the pitcher's career.


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Pastore died when his motorcycle was struck by a car on Nov. 19 on the 210 Freeway in Duarte. The accident occurred as Pastore was on his way to his home in Upland from his daily radio show at the studios of KKLA-FM (99.5) in Glendale.

Pastore sustained head trauma and had been in a coma since the accident. He recently had been transferred to a hospital in Upland from Los Angeles County-USC Medical center.

Pastore was born in Alhambra. He played baseball at Damien High School in La Verne and then went on to an eight-year career in the major leagues. Later, he graduated from Biola University in 1994 and from Claremont Graduate School in 2003.

He is survived by his wife, Gina; their children, Frank Jr. and Christina and their spouses, and one grandson.

steve.scauzillo@sgvn.com

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