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Funeral Services Scheduled For Franklin Alum Oscar Cabrera

Cabrera, who died on Friday after being stricken with a rare form of cancer, will be laid to rest this week.

Friends and family are welcomed to celebrate the life of Oscar Cabrera--widely considered the greatest athlete in Benjamin Franklin High School history--on Wednesday, April 17.

Church services will be held on Wednesday, April 17, from 5:30-8 p.m. at Holy Family Catholic Church, 1527 Fremont Ave. in South Pasadena.

Funeral services will also be held on Thursday, April 18 at 12 p.m. at Holy Family Catholic Church. Following the service, Cabrera will be laid to rest at Mountain View Cemetery, located at 2400 Fair Oaks Avenue in Altadena.

Cabrera—a three-sport star at Benjamin Franklin High School in Highland Park and the first Mexican-American captain on UCLA's football squad—died on Friday due to complications from rare type of cancerous tumor, UCLA News reports. He was 35 years old.

He led the Panthers baseball squad to the City 3A Championship in 1994. According to the Los Angeles Times, Cabrera drove in the winning run in the bottom of the fifth inning to help Franklin beat Huntington Park at Dodger Stadium.

While he was a star on the diamond at Franklin, his greatest athletic accomplishments would come on the gridiron at UCLA.

As a three-year starter, Cabrera anchored the offensive line that protected future NFL quarterback Cade McNown. The 1998 Bruins squad won the Pacific-10 title and went on to play in the Rose Bowl.

According to UCLA News, Cabrera is survived by his wife, Rebecca, and their three sons, Oscar Jr., Aidan Michael and Liam Joseph.

The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Well Fargo Bank, Account #9765354981.

Natalie April 16, 2013 at 08:58 PM
1:55 pm on Tuesday, April 16, 2013 He is also survived by one of the most loving and close families I have ever known and have had the pleasure of knowing. A sister Anabel and little sister Judith (who was one of my most dedicated and talented spiritleaders. I also never saw an event where one or both of their parents weren't there to support their kids. He truly was a "hometown hero"!!! My heart goes out to the family and I am sure that Oscar, who was also known as "Big O" will NEVER be forgotten!
josue ochoa April 17, 2013 at 04:13 AM
Rest in peace to my nicest probation officer ever man...rest.in.peace cabrera still got that usc sweater you behatingon! R.i.p
Douglas Palacios April 17, 2013 at 05:46 PM
My condolence to the Cabrera family for your lost. Oscar was always and will alway be remembered for being hardworking, disciplined, dedicated to his family, friends and public community. A true inspiration to many, including myself. Thank you for being such a great person! You will be missed. Your friend and fellow Panther. Doug
Jorge Romero April 18, 2013 at 04:14 PM
My deepest condolences go out to the family. A good upstanding man and a strong example for the youth, his memory lives on in us. Thank you Oscar
Bella McDonald April 20, 2013 at 01:50 AM
I heard about this & I was so sad! Cabrera was the best probation officer ever. So nice& caring. I would go see him even off probation, just to visit him. He will be truely missed. <3

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