Frank C. Gaitan


(February 13, 1958 – January 31, 2024)

Frank “Franko” C. Gaitan, Jr. passed away Wednesday, January 31, 2024, with his wife by his side, at his home. He was born in Pleasanton, Texas on February 13, 1958, to Frank, Sr., and Dolores Gaitan.  The family moved to Dublin in 1966 from Lubbock, Texas. It is here that Frank found a love for baseball, softball, and law enforcement.  

Frank’s love for sports is well known. Having played football in high school and baseball in the local leagues, he went on to play both baseball and softball after graduating in 1977. He played for the San Antonio Missions, The Wrecking Crew, and then the Playboys. In 1996, the Playboys won the Triple Crown World Finals in Steamboat Springs and went on to win the Crown Jewel in Puerta Vallarta, Mexico. There has never been a game missed in the Gaitan household. There have been countless barbecues, get-togethers, and bull sessions while watching the game on the TV.  

Early in his career, Franko worked for Dublin ISD as a teacher’s aide and bus driver, and later as an oilfield worker. In 1981, Franko became the first Hispanic member of the police force in Erath County. He also worked as an EMT in Dublin during this time. In 1986, he graduated from Tarleton State University Police Academy. He then began working for the Stephenville Police Department. Franko excelled in his career which spanned 31 years, retiring as lieutenant.  

Franko Gaitan was a kind man to many. He never met a stranger and was willing to lend a helping hand to anyone in need. He was an amazing husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend.  His family will miss him terribly. 

Frank Gaitan was preceded in death by his parents Frank, Sr., and Dolores Gaitan, one brother, and a stepson, TJ McWhorter. He is survived by his loving wife, Darlene. One son Katlan and wife Sharena of Dublin. One daughter Keedra and husband Chuck of Belton. One stepdaughter Angie of Cisco. 17 grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren. Frank is also survived by one brother, Lee Roy, and wife Wendy of Dublin and one sister, Mary of Dublin, as well as numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, and other family members. 

The visitation for Frank will be from 5 – 7 pm on Sunday, February 4, 2024, at the Harrell Funeral Home in Dublin. Funeral Services will be at 2 pm, Monday, February 5, 2024, at The First Baptist Church 

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