Anthony John Francone was killed on August 25, 2023, at 7:27 p.m., while on duty with the Pyramid Lake Police Department after being struck by a vehicle driven by a fleeing suspect.
Anthony was born on Christmas Day, 1974 in Ely, Nevada. He attended grade school at Sacred Heart Catholic School and was a member of the last graduating class. He then moved onto White Pine High School, where he participated in football and baseball for the Bobcats and graduated in 1993.
Anthony had a passion for public service and joined the White Pine County Sheriff’s Department as a reserve deputy as well as worked as a wildland firefighter for the Bureau of Land Management, member of the Ely Volunteer Fire Department, and he served as a volunteer Emergency Medical Technician; however, Anthony’s true love was law enforcement. He accepted a position with the Eureka County Sheriff’s Department and developed a love of traffic enforcement and safety. Then Anthony joined the Requiem Storey County Sheriff’s Department where he served as a Corporal, RADAR instructor, Field Training Officer and the Number 1 traffic enforcement officer; he also earned the Medal of Valor for saving a person from a burning vehicle. Anthony served Storey County for over a decade before retiring from the department. Afterwards, Anthony still had a passion to serve, so he joined several Tribal agencies before finding a home at the Pyramid Lake Police Department.
Anthony was the ultimate family man and had two sons, Tyler Costantino and Jonathan Andrew, as well as his beloved daughter, Kaitlyn Ann. As most know, Katie has a rare form of muscular dystrophy and Anthony dedicated every available waking moment to sharing his time with her, who he boasted proudly was his best friend.
Anthony loved all sports and was a devoted Notre Dame football and Detroit Lions fan, but his true sports passion was baseball. His love of the St. Louis Cardinals was second to none and he enjoyed watching games, even recording them so he could keep a scorebook; he traveled many times to St. Louis with his family and his very close friend Ken Quirk. He once told his sister, Ashlee, if he couldn’t be a cop, he would have loved to be a baseball scout.
Anthony is survived by his children, sons Tyler Costantino of Reno, NV and Jonathan Andrew of Carson City, NV and his daughter, Kaitlyn Ann of Carson City, NV; his loving parents Michael Francone, retired Undersheriff of White Pine County and Debbie Francone, of Ely, NV; his sister and brother-in-law, Ashlee Francone and Robert Circle of Roseville, CA; his sister and brother-in-law, Tiffani and Todd Wilkin of Ely, NV, as well as his niece and nephew, McKenzi and Kellen; his brother, Michael Carlgren of Ely, NV; his grandmother, Lavonne Allphin of Ely, NV and his girlfriend, KC Pierson of Carson City, NV. Anthony is also survived by a very large extended loving family throughout the United States, Italy, and Canada.
Anthony is preceded in death by his grandparents, several aunts, uncles, and cousins in the United States, Canada, and Italy. Memorial services will be held on September 9th, 2023 at 6:30 P.M. at the Reno Aces Stadium, 250 Evans Avenue in Reno, NV. A Requiem Mass and rosary were celebrated on August 31, 2023 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Ely, NV.
REST EASY HERO
Anthony John Francone, End of Watch, 8-25-2023
Geraldine L. Rice
Geraldine (Sis) Rice passed away September 2, 2023 peaceful at home. Sis was born April 19, 1968 in Ely, Nevada.
She is survived by her husband of 35 years Jeff and their sons Garrett and Dillon.
A Celebration of Life will be announced at a later date