VETERAN CALIFORNIA PROPRIETOR TERRY BRUTOCAO DIES

Terry Brutocao, who oversaw three successful bowling centers in Southern California from the 1970s through 1997, died on Dec. 6. He was 77.

The Brutocao family operated Covina Bowl in Covina, West Covina Lanes in West Covina, and Anaheim Bowl in Anaheim. Covina Bowl was known for its Googie architecture, a type of futuristic design developed in post-World War II Southern California that featured geometric shapes, dramatic angles, upswept roofs, and large, bright, bold signs.

Brutocao eared a law degree in 1968 and was working for a successful law firm when his father and uncle convinced him to join the family bowling business in 1976. He believed in community service and also found that it could be beneficial for business. He was a member of the West Covina Lions Club for 45 years, and also served as legal counsel for the Pomona Jaycees.

Brutocao also was a long-time member of the Bowling Proprietors Association of Southern California, serving on its board and as its President.

Brutocao is survived by his wife of 55 years, Ann, along with four sons and 10 grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, the family asked for donations to the City of Hope.

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