TRAVERSE CITY — Allen William Bush was born on April 28, 1923, as the oldest child of Mildred and Lewis Bush in Parchment. He passed away on Sept. 9, 2013, following lengthy treatments for numerous medical issues.
He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Lois; and his two children, Allen S. (Cindy), of Traverse City, and Garry L. (Becky), of Gaithersburg, Md., and their families, which includes four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. He is also survived by two sisters, Barbara Gruizinga and Audrey Merrill.
Al graduated from Kalamazoo University High School in 1941 and enrolled at Western Michigan University.
He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in January of 1942 and served from 1942 to 1946 with 21 months in the South Pacific Islands before being selected to receive Officer Training and a college education in the V-12 program.
He played varsity football and baseball at Princeton until he was transferred back to Western Michigan University in 1946. He then graduated from Western with a B.S. degree and an officer’s commission. While at Western he was the captain of the football team and its most valuable player.
After graduation from college he taught mathematics and coached various sports for Battle Creek Central High School.
He was then recalled to the Marine Corps in 1951 during the Korean War.
Upon discharge he resumed his coaching and teaching career at Kalamazoo University High, Dearborn High and Bay City Handy High School. In 1953 during his time at Dearborn High, he earned his master’s degree from the University of Michigan. In 1960 he was hired by the Michigan High School Athletic Association as an assistant director. He was promoted to associate director in 1963 and then he became the executive director of the association from 1968 to 1978. During his tenure as the executive director he added numerous athletic tournaments in the schools and most notably began the steady addition of female athletic programs in the secondary schools in the State of Michigan.