Frank Louis Mazzone passed away peacefully in Sonoma on April 9, at the age of 94.
Mazzone was born and raised in Jamestown, New York and was the tenth and last child of immigrant parents, Gaetano and Lucia Tedesco Mazzone. He enlisted in the Navy in 1942 where he was trained as an aviation machinist and soon placed in Navy officer training program at Yale University. After World War II, he finished his education with a BS in Mechanical Engineering at Worcester Polytechnic University in Worcester, MA. His work career included employment at Union Carbide for 25 years, and was founder and CEO of Acres American INC, an engineering firm in Buffalo, New York. In his later years, he was employed at Bechtel Corporation in San Francisco.
Mazzone retired to Sonoma with his first wife, Nettie, in 1988. During his retirement, he helped to establish Arizona Independent Power Inc., with a goal of construction of a hydroelectric pump storage facility in the southwest.
During retirement, Mazzone was an active member of Newcomers Club, St. Francis Solano Church, and the Italian Catholic Federation. He served on the Sonoma Planning Commission in the early 1990s and as an advisor to the Sonoma County Hospital Board for the earthquake retrofit in the early 2000s. He also managed the restoration of St. Francis Solano church to its original mission intent while retrofitting both the school and church to earthquake standards.
Mazzone is survived by second wife Mary Logasa Mazzone of Sonoma, and his family: Paula Ryan (husband Hollis) of Merchantville, N.J.; Lucille Madden of Sonoma; Dr. Thomas Mazzone (wife Diana) of St. Catherine’s, Ontario Canada; Theresa Roberts of Atlanta, GA; and Ann Marie Foley Herrmann (husband Eric) of Santa Rosa and ten grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, April 12, at Duggan’s Mission Chapel at 525 West Napa Street. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to the charity of your choice.