by Frank Weiler
Dick Weber has long been considered the supreme ambassador for the sport of Bowling. More recently Tony Reyes filled that role during his short life. Both were known for their ability to make people around them feel comfortable and special. Both were a gentleman in the truest sense of the word.
Southern California bowlers were fortunate to have such a gentleman in their midst for the past 30 years. Bill Logan was SoCal’s supreme bowling ambassador.
Bill was a quiet, humble man who was an American Hero and also happened to be an outstanding bowler. He was a people person who like actor Will Rogers could honestly say “there never was a person he didn’t like”. Bill always greeted others with a warm smile and a firm handshake. He was a genuine person, no frills, just an open heart. He always listened and you knew he was genuinely interested in what you had to say.
I met Bill Logan about 20 years ago at a Citrus Belt tournament and was impressed with his bowling skills. He was a “real bowler”. A bowler who was accurate, repeated his shots and made spares. His form was classic, timing precise, release and follow through perfect. He was a “real bowler”.
A “real bowler” doesn’t heave the bowling ball as hard as he can or spin it like a top. He doesn’t need more than one hand to score. A “real bowler” is all about executing the basics of bowling. That was Bill Logan‘s game.
Of course, Bill was more than a bowler. He was a dedicated family man. When he was inducted into the Citrus Belt USBC Hall of Fame he was represented by his daughter Kim and son Allen. They spoke highly of their dad who passed a few years ago from a heart attack. One of the best signs of outstanding character is how someone raises their children. The presence and appearance of Kim and Allen spoke volumes about the outstanding job Bill did as a parent. “Great kids are the product of great parents and great parenting“. Bill Logan’s children are proof that he was a great parent by their exhibiting integrity and character.
What about “American Hero”? Bill Logan was a patriotic American who believed in the principles that make America great. Freedom for all citizens of all races, all creeds and all religions. He bowled with men and women of every color, every political persuasion and every religion. He not only talked the talk, but walked the walk.
America was more than sentiment for Bill. He was a man of action. He acted on his beliefs. When his country called he responded. Bill joined the United States Army at 18 years of age and went to war. He didn’t duck the draft, he didn’t protest against the war, he didn’t flee to Canada. When Uncle Sam called, Bill went to war in Viet Nam.
Bill was a combat veteran of the Viet Nam war and engaged the enemy at close range. He earned several combat medals including two Purple Hearts with a third Purple Heart pending. He was lucky to return home alive after surviving a bayonet wound.
Anyone with the courage to go into combat and defend his country is a hero. Anyone with the courage to go into combat and risk his life for his country is a hero. Anyone with the courage to go into combat and risk his life for his fellow soldiers is a hero. Risking one’s life for comrades and country is courageous and heroic. No greater sacrifice can a man make than to put his life on the line for a fellow human being. That’s what a man does when he courageously goes into combat. That’s what Bill Logan did on the battlefields of Viet Nam. That’s why Bill Logan is an American Hero.
After the Viet Nam war Bill served as a Los Angeles Police Department public affairs officer and then moved to Yucca Valley. There he served as a Department of Defense civilian at 29 Palms Marine Corps Base for over thirty years. He retired in 2011. Throughout those years Bill bowled and set records while competing at Yucca Valley Bowl. Bill Logan was a great bowler.
God Bless Bill Logan, American Hero. God Bless Bill Logan, Gentleman and family man. God Bless Bill Logan, outstanding bowler and competitor. God Bless Bill Logan. The world is a better place because of Bill Logan. The world would be a better place if there were more Bill Logan’s.