San Dewayne Francisco was born in Buckland Missouri in 1944. His family soon moved to Burbank Washington, where he grew up. San attended Kennewick High School where he was three sport athlete He graduated from Kennewick High School in 1962. 1962. From 1962 to 1966 San attended Central Washington State College (now Central Washington University) in Ellensburg. While at Central, San played football and wrestled while working three jobs to support his wife and son.
After graduating from Central and completing his Air Force ROTC training, San was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Air Force in 1964. He then went to Laughlin Air Force Base in Texas to complete advanced pilot training.
He was a member of the 555 (triple nickel) Squadron and flew the F4D Phantom fighter jet. In 1968 San was sent to Vietnam where he completed his required number of missions and was scheduled to meet his wife for R&R in December, but on November 25, 1968 another pilot was ill and San volunteered to fly one more mission.
Major San Dewayne Francisco was shot down over North Vietnam on November 25,1968. He ejected and was captured by the North Vietnamese, but was later killed by shrapnel from American bombs. There are ongoing efforts to find his remains.