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OBITUARIES - 6/10/20
June 1, 2020
James Samuel McAbee
James (Mac) McAbee, 78, of Vancouver, Wash., died on Feb. 19.
McAbee was a long-time member of General Equipment (formerly PDR Fastsigns), playing on the 75s and 70s teams. He also played with CE Johns and Bonaventure Senior Living, among others.
“Mac was a serious competitor at any game from the time he entered school until the very end,” said Mike Sisavic, who played with McAbee on the General Equipment/PDR Fastsigns teams. “He competed in everything. He set the 440-yard Intermediate Hurdles record as a Junior at Portland State University, a record that I believe still stands. Mac remarked that ‘If they would let old guys drive race cars, I would be out there,’ and ‘If this competition is only for fun, why are we keeping score.’”
“Mac will be remembered for his great passion and remarkable zest for life.”
Bob Presant, 74, of Oakdale, Calif., died on May 18.
Presant was a long-time member of SSUSA, playing on various teams including The Farm, Prime Time, California Wrecking Crew, and The Who.
“Bob was a great guy and excellent player,” said Chet Lane, manager of California Wrecking Crew. “He was a credit to senior softball and a friend to all who knew him.”
A member of the Stanislaus Senior Softball Association since 1996, Presant was elected into the Stanislaus Senior Softball Hall of Fame in 2010.
Paul W. Zalus
Paul Zalus, 72, of St. George, Utah, died on June 9.
Zalus began playing with teams out of Ohio, as a member of Steel Dawgs and Dayton Legends, among others. He then played with teams from Colorado, playing with various Scrap Iron teams. He last played in 2015 with Scrap Iron/CO T-Wolves 65.
Along with playing, Zalus was a long-time umpire with SSUSA.
“Our St. George Tuesday/Thursday 70/80 league lost a great one,” said Dan Kelly. “Paul was a very good pitcher and that damn 15" OF glove sucked up a lot of balls near the mound. Even with a bag on each side for body waste, he still umpired and played. UIC KC and I will miss our Super Bowl games at Paul and Vivian's home. RIP my friend.”
Linda Dorsett (1946 – 2020) – wife of SSUSA member John Dorsett