Cleon Tungsvik

Like many of his contemporaries, Cleon Tungsvik, born on Jan. 25, 1941, in Esterville, Iowa, started playing fastpitch softball immediately after graduating from high school. His softball career as a player and coach started after his graduation from Orting High in 1958 and continues to this day as a sponsor and coach.

Tungsvik was a catcher and pitcher during his playing days, the first five years spent with Armstrong Homes. In 1963, he moved over the Auburn Elks team, for whom he played four years. Following that were two years with Auburn Merchants, four years with Manitou Fuel and four more with Puget Sound Bank.

Tungsvik had an outstanding playing career, competing in as many as a dozen national tournaments. Among the most memorable were third-place finishes in Hutchinson, Kansas, and Fargo, N.D., and a fifth place in Medford, Ore. He was a member of the Puget Sound Bank team that placed second in regionals in 1974.

In addition to a lengthy playing career, Tungsvik also served as a coach and sponsor. He coached Cloverleaf Tavern for eight seasons and was coach and sponsor four years with Cleon’s Unocal and 14 years with Cleon’s Auto.

He also invested his time in youth baseball as a Boys Club coach in the 1960s and 1970s.