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In Memoriam - Darrell Ducat



The PBA has learned of the death February 14, 2017 of long-time PBA National Championship host Darrell Ducat, the former proprietor of Imperial Lanes in Toledo, Ohio. The 91-year-old patriarch of the well-known Ducat family was living in Florida where he and son Larry were operators of Spanish Springs Lanes in The Villages.

Darrell Ducat, a PBA founding member, became the oldest player ever to bowl in a PBA tournament when he competed in the 2013 PBA50 Sun Bowl at Spanish Springs Lanes at age 87.

The Ducat family hosted more than 30 PBA tournaments over the years at bowling centers they owned in Toledo, Detroit, Winter Haven and The Villages. The PBA hadn’t appeared in the Villages since 2001 when the Ducats brought the PBA back to The Villages in 2009.

Larry Ducat said he is working with the PBA to host a celebration of Darrell Ducat’s life when the PBA50 Tour visits The Villages in April.

He is survived by his sons Larry and Michael Ducat; daughters Debbie Augustyniak, Terri Duerringer, Elizabeth Starr, and Tami Bonaminio; brother Paul Ducat; 14 grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren.

Article was posted with permission from Stars & Strikes, America's Bowling Newsmagazine.