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Former MLB pitcher, El Paso native Frank Castillo remembered at service
By: Bill Melugin
EL PASO, Texas -- Former Major League Baseball player and El Paso sports icon Frank Castillo, 44, was be honored and remembered at a rosary service Monday night, one week after he tragically drowned in an Arizona lake.
The rosary was held at 7 p.m. at the Saint Raphael Catholic Church in east El Paso.
Those who knew him well say the world is losing a special person.
"He was quiet, he was very polite, he was the most amazing person I've ver known, he was a home person, he liked to stay home, he loved his daughters," said Oksana Ancropova, whose cousin was dating Castillo at the time of his death. "We would go to the same gym, and I love to swim at the pool, I would ask Frank to go swim and he would say 'Oh, no chance!', it was his favorite saying, 'No chance, I don't want to swim', and I would say come on I'll teach you how to swim, he didn't like to swim much."
A graduate of Eastwood High school, Castillo followed a career in baseball that only the elite few can achieve.
The Chicago Cubs drafted Castillo in 1987, right after he graduated high school.
He spent 13 years in the big leagues as a pitcher, landing himself on the roster of several teams, including the Chicago Cubs, Colorado Rockies, Toronto Blue Jays, Detroit Tigers, and in 2004, he won a Word Series ring with the Boston Red Sox.
As KFOX14 previously reported, Castillo's body was found in an Arizona lake last Monday.
Sheriffs deputies say he was on a pontoon boat when he jumped in the lake to go for a swim, and he never surfaced.
Deputies believe Castillo was a poor swimmer, and that alcohol or drugs were not a factor.
Castillo's Mass is scheduled for Tuesday morning at 10:30 am. Shortly after, he will be buried at Restlawn Cemetary on Dyer.