by Mary Lynly
Butch Wittman passed away at age 77. He spent more than 20 years as a field rep for ABC on the west coast, directed Team USA’s selection tournament for several years and was a consultant to the ABC Tournament. He grew up in bowling, loved bowling and will be missed. He was also a classic car enthusiast. He worked at the USBC Open Championships (then ABC Tournament) and he was a tremendous ambassador for the sport of bowling.
Several People commented on Butch, “Butch was an amazing man with a great sense of humor. He always had a kind word. Drove the best cars and loved his wife, like crazy. He had the best recommendations for restaurants at the ABC Tournament host city (way before social media). He was a staple at the CA State conventions. We will miss him.” (Jackie Wyckoff) “Yes, sad news. I remember him being a tough Field Rep many years ago. Cold as ice. He seemed to mellow as he aged.”(Debra Haggerty) “I recall when Butch visited our Bakersfield WBA Board. He also visited our association several times to share the latest going on with ABC and WIBC as well as to hear our concerns. Visitations like his brought us all closer as well as built energy within our board. “ (Bette Addington – Golden Empire USBC) “I was saddened to hear about the passing of Butch Wittman I spent countless hours with Butch talking about our sport when I was PBA Western Region Tournament Director. He was a good man and was much respected. Bowling will miss Butch and so will I.” (Len Nicholson) “Butch was a co-installation officer on several occasions when I did the honors for the women. He always made sure he took the time to get all of the National information out to the attendees.”
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