Frank “Frankie” Anaya III was born on October 4, 1994, in Santa Paula, California, to Rosa Magana and Frank Anaya Jr. Frankie had a younger brother, Mark, and a younger sister, Francine Anaya, who he loved dearly.
Frankie’s hobbies included music, writing lyrics, and baking, especially with his grandmother, Gloria, with whom he shared a special bond. Frankie also enjoyed spending time with his grandfather, Arturo, with whom he often read the Bible. Frankie had an immense love for family and for his two American bulldogs, Champ and Cali.
Frankie took ownership of his choices and sought out the Conservation (Fire) Camps program within the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to provide a positive impact on society. Despite the danger, Frankie enjoyed the demanding physical and mental aspects of being an inmate firefighter.
Frankie will be remembered for his strength, courage, and the respect he gave to his Cal Fire chief and crew. In the end, Frankie paid the ultimate price for others. In a world of chaos, he did his part to help bring a little peace, help protect lives, and conserve property.
He is and always will be loved and will remain in our hearts.