2003 - BOWLING -
Julio Dominic Marra, professional
bowler, became the first Washington county resident to attain
Professional status in 1958. An exceptionally talented bowler, he won
and place in many Washington County and National Tournaments.
Dom was the Western Pennsylvania Singles champion in the late 1960's,
champion of the Washington county Bowlers Association Singles Tournament
in 1969 and winner of the first Alpine Classic Singles Tournament in
1969. He led the tournament in High Game (279); three-game total (695)
and title pins (1,883). He rolled many non-sanctioned perfect 300 games
in his career.
He became a part owner of Haliday's Bowling Alleys in Washington and
bowled in at least four leagues per week in the 1950's through 1988, the
year before his death.
Dom was a participant and sponsor for 35 years of the prestigious
Peterson Championship Bowling Classic in Chicago, Ill., a professional
bowling tournament. He was a winner in the tournament in 1955, 1962,
1975 and 1978.
He participated in the PBA's regional televised three-day weekend
tournaments as well as participating in many ABC sanctioned tournaments
around the country. Inducted into the Washington County Bowling Hall of
Fame and the recipient of its Superior Award and Meritorious Award in
Dom died in 1989 and is survived by his wife, Margaret, and their two
children, Rosalyn and Annette.