(born December 6, 1921- died July 29, 2014)
PHOTO: M85 jumper Tom Patsalis cuts the rug with W65 race
walker Jolene Steigerwalt.
Patsalis (born December 6, 1921- died July 29, 2014) is an
American track and field athlete. He has set 26 World
Records in his career, a career that was still active in his
late 80's. He is the current World Record holder in the M60
Long Jump, set in 1982 thus a record he has held for more
than three decades. To date, only one jumper has come within
.2 m (0 ft 73⁄4 in). He is also the American record holder
in the Long Jump for the M60 age division, has an as yet
unrecognized mark that has been pending since 1977 (though
recognized by the California Track News chief statistician
at the time, Percy Knox) still 7 inches superior to the
listed American record and is the American record holder in
the Triple Jump in the M60 and M65 age divisions. He was
selected to the Masters division of the National Track and
Field Hall of Fame in 2003.
Patsalis was originally from Detroit, Michigan but, after 50
years of marriage, he retired in Alhambra, California. He
claims he has been participating in track and field since
high school, 70 years in the sport. In addition to jumping,
he also runs sprints and hurdled until he was 70. He was a
member of the University of Southern California track team
in 1949, a teammate of Olympian Mel Patton, graduating from
the university in 1950, when he was 28 years old—his
education delayed by World War II.
He was a pioneer in the early days of Masters athletics,
winning three events at the 2nd ever World Association of
Veteran Athletes Championships in 1977 in Gothenburg,
Sweden. He's won at the World Championships many times since
and is looking forward to the 2011 World Masters Athletics
Championships in nearby Sacramento, California. In 1981,
just 8 months before his 60th birthday, he long jumped over
20 feet and four months before that same birthday he triple
jumped over 40 feet, the oldest person to achieve such
milestones. In 1982, he was selected California Track and
Running News "Masters Athlete of the Year" after setting the
M60 World Record in both the long jump and triple jump the
same day at the Southern California TAC Championships at
California State University, Los Angeles.
Patsalis remained active until he suffered a stroke in May
2014. He died from complications two months later.
CRIS P. ELIOPULOS
3-16-1924 to 9-6-2013
Cris passed away peacefully at home on
September 6, 2013 at the age of 89. He was born to Panos &
Stavroula Eliopulos in Lancaster,
on March 16, 1924. Cris is survived by
Anne Pappas Eliopulos his wife of 63 years. They have three
children, Cristine & John
DiBernardo (Johnny, Christina & Liliana
DiBernardo, Christina & Kate North, and Anthony DiBernardo),
Pete, Mary, Alyssa & Annamarie Eliopulos), Stephanie & Rev.
James Powell (Cristopher, Amy, Jacob & Noah Powell, Nicholas
Powell, Alexander & Kari Powell). He also
is survived by his loving sister-in-law Mary Fondas (Cathy
Lund & Dennis Fondas), his brother-in law George & Joan
Pappas and sister Angie Georggin. He also leaves behind many
loving nieces, nephews, and devoted friends. Cris was
preceded in death by brothers, George, Andy, Ted, Charley
and sister Helen Rowe.
Cris was in the United
States Army from 1943 to 1946. He went to
England and then to France where he
was stationed until the end of the war.
Cris worked for the
Southern California Edison Company for 38 years until he
retired in 1982.
Cris was active over the
years in organizations including, President of the Native
Sons of the Golden West, President of the American Legion in
Lancaster, California, member of the American Legion,
Leonidas Post # 285 in Los Angeles, California, Treasurer of
the Victor Elementary Board and was an Honorary Life Member.
He was the manager of the Little League Baseball Senators
Team and made improvements in lights and mats for the
Football Stadium at West High. Cris was active in PTA.
He was Chairman and Board Member for the City of
Torrance Parks and Recreation Department.
Cris was active in his
Greek Orthodox Church serving as camp Counselor at Catalina
and President of the Mr. & Mrs. Club of St. Sophia. Cris was
a founding member of St Katherine Greek Orthodox Church in Redondo Beach.
He served on the Parish Counsel for many years and
President for two terms. He could also be seen
trimming trees, checking on all the electrical, installing
cabinets and doing whatever was needed. He was honored by St
Katherine’s in 1992.
Cris served as a District
Governor of The Order of AHEPA going through all offices, he
was President of his Chapter and went through all of the
offices there. He was Chairman or a committee person for
many committees. He served as Past
District Governors Club Treasurer and as the El Camino Real
AHEPA Scholarship Foundation Treasurer for many years.
The Daughters of Penelope, Anthos Chapter #395
honored Cris in 2009 for his tireless volunteering efforts
and his Community involvement.
Services for Cris will be a
Trisagion at Rice Mortuary 5310 Torrance Blvd, Torrance CA
90503 at 6:30PM. The funeral will be at St Katherine Greek
Orthodox Church 722 Knob Hill Ave Redondo Beach CA on
September 11, 2013 at 10AM. – May his
memory be eternal.
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