Frank De Vito (1939-2000)
De Vito was born on Oct. 21, 1939 in New York City to Lucia and Angelo De Vito. His mother was a dress designer and
his father was a trainer for the New York Yankees ball club. Frank had a brother who practiced law in N.Y. and a sister
who was a singer and stage actress. Frank attended Riverdale Country Day Prep School in Riverdale, N.Y. until his mother
became ill and passed away. His sister and brother-in-law, Dr. Glenn Gibbons brought Frank to San Diego with them, as
Dr. Gibbons was opening his practice here. Frank went to Point Loma High School and excelled in track and field and baseball.
He held the pole vault record for Point Loma High for five years. Upon graduation he was scouted by the Boston Red Sox,
but he decided to go to Washington College in Chestertown MD. While there he lettered in track and baseball. He
married while still in college and had two children, Shawn and David. Frank graduated from college with a BA in business.
He was selected by The Sears Towers in Chicago to open new stores for them and then he was sent to Sears to teach business
theory at Yale University. During this time Frank was divorced and returned to San Diego where he continued in the retail
field. In 1978, Frank married Susan Marcum and moved to Poway, CA. One day he entered a local pub called, The Ton 80.
He noticed the pub had numerous dart boards. He had never played darts before and ran into some guys who taught him
the game. They were, Mike McGowan, Len Heard and Mike Enright. Not bad teachers. From that day forward he
was in love with darts. He got on a dart team and played once a week and then three times a week. He became president
of the GSDDA. Darts were his passion until he became ill with cancer in 1997 and could no longer stand long enough to
play. In March of 2000 Frank passed away. Before his passing, the many friends he had made through darts were very kind
to him. You couldn’t find nicer people anywhere. After Frank’s death many of his personal things were
given away but to this day, Susan has Frank’s darts and will always keep them as a very special reminder of Frank.