PBA Founding Member, Long-Time Tournament Host Proprietor Darrell Ducat Dies

by Bill Vint February 15, 2017 10:03

The PBA has learned of the death Tuesday 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 (at left in photo) was living in Florida where he and son Larry were operators of Spanish Springs Lanes in The Villages, the host center for the upcoming PBA50 UnitedHealthCare Sun Bowl in the Villages, presented by Radical, April 22-25.

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.

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