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Jones named ‘Bicentennial Citizen’ recipient

Last Updated on April 25, 2016 by cassnetwork

bicentennialOne of the fabled coaches who shaped Logansport High School into a baseball dynasty in the last quarter of the 20th century is the latest person to be recognized with a special Logansport honor.

Larry “Butch” Jones, one of three coaches to lead the Berries to the semi-state competition in the IHSAA, has been named a recipient of the Logansport Bicentennial Citizen of the Week.

“Butch was a familiar face in the coach’s box during all four of Logansport’s state championships,” Mayor Dave Kitchell said today. “He was a steady influence on many young men who grew up in our community, and had the patience of Job with the development of young talent.”

Jones’ own son, Matt, was a pitcher on the only LHS teams to reach the state finals in three consecutive years, 1989, 1990 and 1991. The Berries reached the championship game in 1989, the only year the Berries lost a championship game, then won it all in 1991.

Jones was a long-time LHS teacher. He and his wife, Judy, also are the parents of two daughters, Laurie Fowler, and Franklin Elementary Principal Hayley LaDow.

Jones will receive an Indiana state flag and a certificate from the city.

The award is presented weekly during 2016 to recognize local residents or natives who have brought state or national recognition to Logansport.

SOURCE: News release from Logansport Mayor Dave Kitchell