Youth sports leaders, athletes, friends and family of Kent D. Mace will hold a memorial service for the late founder of Westchester’s first girls softball league at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 4th, at Carl E. Nielsen Youth Park Kent D. Mace Softball Field.

The field was named in honor of Mace. The community is invited to attend.

Mace died Thursday, May 19th, of complications of Parkinson’s disease.

He is survived by his loving wife Mary Ann; son Tony; daughter Kathleen (Eric) Cudeback; grandchildren Curtis and Trevor of Torrance; mother, Esther E. Reed of Los Angeles; brother Larry and his family of Gladys, Virginia; Bob and Shirley Cooper of Hastings, Nebraska; nieces, nephews and numerous friends.

Mace was born May 3rd, 1937, attended school in Hastings, Nebraska and graduated in 1956.

He joined the U.S. Air Force in 1957 and married his childhood sweetheart the following year, before being assigned to Bitburg, Germany for a four-year tour.

He returned to make his home in Los Angeles, where he was employed for 25 years by National Life Insurance Company, retiring in 1980.

Mace was very active in his children’s activities at 98th Street School, Orville Wright Middle School and Westchester High School and in Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and the PTA.

But Mace’s real love was the game of baseball, having played Legion Ball himself.

He quickly made Little League his next hobby and signed up as team father and then managed a minor team. He soon found himself involved with the Little League District 36 and then District 37, which gave him the opportunity to be umpire as well.

So he not only became president of Westchester American Little League but also became a district umpire.

Mace umpired for more than 38 years, including in several Little League World Series games and for L.A. city teams, High School CIF ball — both boys and girls teams.

Mace not only umpired but also shared his knowledge with many others who enjoyed that part of the game.

In 1974, he and a group of several board members organized Little League Softball for Girls in Westchester, starting out with 44 “young ladies,” as he called them.

There are now more than 250 players in the league.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations in his name be made to Parkinson Foundation, 10850 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 730, Los Angeles 90024; Westchester Little League Softball, (c/o Raul Roch, P.O. Box 8814-1988-1419, Los Angeles 90009); or Trinity Hospice at Little Company of Mary, Torrance.

ARCHITECTURAL AWARD — The Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Commission has presented a 2004 Excellence in Architectural Design Award to Fire Station No. 67 at Playa Vista.

Local architect Rebecca Binder designed the station.

Her design was selected from 75 projects reviewed last year. The facility will integrate a public art component.

“We worked with the Fire Department and Playa Vista to arrive at a design that embodies a legible, accessible, state-of-the-art station which fits within the varied architecture of the community.

“The station functions, including a community room, will support Playa Vista for many years to come,” said Binder.

The station will feature drive-through apparatus bays, crew and captains’ dormitories, a wellness room for fitness training and a community room for small public meetings.

WESTCHESTER POOL —

The Westchester Pool at 9100 Lincoln Blvd, will be open again this year for a summer full of water activities and fun.

According to Councilwoman Cindy Miscikowski staff, the pool almost didn’t reopen this year because of eroded gutters, which led to unclean water in the pool.

Fortunately, the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks was able to correct the problem, and the pool should be available to the public in a few weeks.

LIONS PANCAKES — The Venice-Marina Lions Club will hold its annual Pancake Breakfast from 8 a.m. to noon, Sunday, June 12th, at the Westchester Elks Lodge, 8025 Manchester Ave., Playa del Rey.

The breakfast is $5 per person, payable at the door, and all proceeds will go to benefit the Los Angeles Police Department Pacific Area Explorer Scouts.

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