Past BPAA President and Hall of Famer Rex Golobic dies at age 91

    01/17/15

    BPAA News

    20150108BPAARexGolobic.jpg Rex Golobic, a former president of the Bowling Proprietors' Association of America and a BPAA Hall of Fame member, passed away at his home on January 8, 2015. He was 91.

    Born in San Francisco, Golobic attended Stanford University before a brief stint in the U.S. Army during World War II, where he was awarded two Bronze Stars. Upon returning home, he completed his degree in engineering at Stanford.

    He went to work with his father, Henry, who had opened Hollywood Recreation Center in Hollywood, California, in 1937. He would work, and later take over, the family business which included the ownership and operation of centers such as the 44-lane Serra Bowl in Daly City, the 24-lane Bel Mateo Bowl in San Mateo and 32-lane Palo Alto Bowl.

    Golobic was a talented bowler early in his career, holding a 200 average for many years, ranking in the top one percent of all bowlers worldwide in 1950. He also was a charter member of the Professional Bowlers Association.

    Throughout his more than 60 years of devotion to the sport of bowling, Golobic tirelessly worked to improve and upgrade it, hoping to make conditions better for proprietors and bowlers alike.

    He served as a committee member and officer at every level of the BPAA, including president from 1972-1974. He was selected to the BPAA Hall of Fame in 1986.

    His passion for the San Francisco 49ers must also be noted; he was a season ticket holder for more than 60 years.

    Golobic Golobic is survived by his wife Reiko; daughter Robin Alcorn and grand-daughters Alyssa and Lindsey; son Rick (Marie) and grand-sons Nick and Erik; daughter Randel Crites; and nephew Henry.

    Memorial Service:
    Date: Sunday, January 25, 2015
    Time: 10:30 AM
    Place: Sneider & Sullivan Funeral Home 977 So. El Camino Real
    San Mateo, CA. 94402
    Phone: (650) 343-1804

    A "Celebration of Life" reception will be held on January 25, 11:00 AM, at The San Mateo Elks Lodge, 229 W 20th Ave, San Mateo, CA. Friends, family and acquaintances are invited to attend.