Dean Pitsch

Born May 13, 1926, Dean passed away on Feb. 25th, 2010. Raised in Tacoma, he graduated from Bellarmine Prep in 1947, as property of the US Navy, and proudly served his country in WWII in the submarine service, while in the South Pacific. He married Pat Sorensen in May of 1950 and was called back to service for the Korean Conflict six months later and served two more years. Upon return, he continued working for the City of Tacoma and rose to Chief of the Street Maintenance Div., for the Public Works Dept. After his retirement in 1981, Patty and Dean enjoyed traveling to Northwest Dixieland Jazz Festivals and finally made the "big one" in Sacramento. The festival in Friday Harbor was a favorite too. Dean loved all sports and was an avid bowler and great fisherman. He knew where all the stumps were at Kapowsin Lake (Pitsch's Puddle). He played basketball at Bellarmine; however baseball and fast pitch were his favorites. He was  an All-State catcher for Whylie’s Café in the days when Tacoma was the hub of fast pitch, in the Northwest. He played eight seasons for Wylie’s and also played with Harry’s Tavern and 38th Street. He was inducted in to the Tacoma Pierce County "Old Timers Baseball - Softball" Assn. Hall of Fame in 1991.