We lost a true, and original, Super Fan this week. Dave died on the 15th after a several year battle with Parkinson’s. He was 76. He continued to golf in the Tuesday and Thursday senior men’s golf leagues for as long as he could through last year. He was The Hoymster, a/k/a, The Brooten Flash.
This photo is from three years ago – apparently a photograph was necessary because of the size of the fleecing they had inflicted upon their fellow competitors! Dave was not only a golfer, he was also a reverend and in that capacity served in the military as a colonel chaplain. He served in the first gulf war in 1991. It was probably because of his military background that he was a jogger – an affliction I will never understand. He jogged so many miles in his lifetime he was a member of that national or international organization that recognizes those who run a gazzilion miles. Later he challenged himself by joining our Fat Boys Walking Club at the mall, though he never fit our profile.
With Reverend Rollie (making sure He was on our side?) at a girls basketball game in February 2011. That’s his wife Jeanne to his right. We always figured his interest in basketball sprang from being Bo Ryan’s neighbor in Platteville, Wisconsin, before Bo went on to national fame as coach of the Badgers. But Dave covered all the sports (though Jeanne thought hockey too cold for spectating), and thus was a Super Fan (standing right, May 2009 photo):
And this is Jeanne and Dave at the Tuesday League’s Steak Fry and Putting Contest, August 2010. We’ll miss him.
p.s. I belatedly found one more picture of Dave.
With the Super Fans at a girls’ hockey game, December 6, 2010.