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 Francisco Lopez “Frank” Reyes

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Francisco Lopez “Frank” Reyes

Birth
Arizona, USA
Death
28 Jan 1957 (aged 71)
Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial
Mission Hills, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Plot
Plot: Section C, Lot 248, Grave 1
Memorial ID
27380099 View Source

Grandfather of musician Ritchie Valens. Valens developed a fear of flying in 1957 after a freak mid-air plane collision that occurred over his school in Pacoima on Jan. 31. Falling debris from the accident killed three students and injured approximately 74 others. Valens was not at school that day because he was attending Frank's funeral. Two years later, Valens himself died in a plane crash that also killed Rock-N-Roll idols Buddy Holly and J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson and their pilot, Roger Peterson, and was buried next to Frank. Frank's daughter, Ritchie's mother Concepcion, died in 1987 and was interred with Valens.

Parents: Luis & Josefa Reyes (from contributor #46963285 Yvonne)

Grandfather of musician Ritchie Valens. Valens developed a fear of flying in 1957 after a freak mid-air plane collision that occurred over his school in Pacoima on Jan. 31. Falling debris from the accident killed three students and injured approximately 74 others. Valens was not at school that day because he was attending Frank's funeral. Two years later, Valens himself died in a plane crash that also killed Rock-N-Roll idols Buddy Holly and J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson and their pilot, Roger Peterson, and was buried next to Frank. Frank's daughter, Ritchie's mother Concepcion, died in 1987 and was interred with Valens.

Parents: Luis & Josefa Reyes (from contributor #46963285 Yvonne)


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