Farewell, Frank Pastore
Wed., Dec. 19. 2012 10:21pm EST
We are sad to report that a great friend of ApologetiX is no longer with us. But some of his final recorded words will stay with us forever, as they proved to be both prophetic and profound.
Frank Pastore, an ApologetiX fan and the host of a program with the largest Christian talk radio audience in the United States (The Frank Pastore Show on KKLA in Los Angeles), died Monday at age 55 from complications following a motorcycle accident.
Frank was a former Major League Baseball pitcher with the Cincinnati Reds and Minnesota Twins (1979-86) and professor of apologetics at Biola University. He interviewed J. quite a few times over the years, introducing ApologetiX to many people in Southern California. He'd also come to see us in concert and had talked to J. on the phone and via email.
Frank's death came almost a month after his motorcycle was hit by another driver on the Foothill (210) Freeway in Duarte CA. He was on his way home from his daily radio show at the time of the accident.
Earlier that afternoon during his final show, Frank had said the following words:
"You guys know I ride a motorcycle, right? So at any moment ... I could be spread all over the 210," Pastore said. "But that's not me. That's my body parts."
He added that his faith in Christ left him with no doubts his soul would live on after physical death. We take comfort in Frank's words and his faith.
Frank's autobiography, "Shattered: Struck Down, But Not Destroyed," came out in 2010. A couple members of ApologetiX read it when it came out (Frank sent us an advance copy) and highly recommend it.
Please join us in praying for Frank's wife, Gina; son, Frank Jr.; and daughter, Christina.