Dave Ketter

Dave Ketter, born Sept. 6, 1931 in Tacoma, was a standout prep athlete at Roy High School, graduating in 1950. He earned four letters in football, basketball and baseball each of his four years at the school, and he earned first team all-league honors in each of the three sports for three seasons. He earned all-state honors twice in both basketball and baseball and once in football.

Ketter was a versatile athlete who manned either the quarterback or running back positions in football with equal ability. As a senior he led Roy to the league title in a 7-6 win over Fife High School. In basketball he averaged 22 points per game, an impressive feat given the fact that team scores seldom exceeded 40 in a game. On the baseball diamond he was capable of playing every position, though he shone most brightly at shortstop. In the all-state game at Sicks Stadium he had a pair of hits, including a double that hit the top of the scoreboard, and he drive in two runs.

Pacific Lutheran College offered Ketter a scholarship, but he chose instead to serve his country in the Korean War. After his tour of duty ended, he returned to Pierce County where he enjoyed 35 years of playing slowpitch softball for Fritz's Tavern, 2121 Pub, Tacoma Eye and a couple of church teams.

The Ketter family is long on good athletes, and Dave was arguably the finest. He also was a great sportsman who enjoyed the competition, win or lose.