OKLAHOMA CITY – USA Softball is saddened to hear of the passing of longtime USA Softball member and former Commissioner of MD-DC-DE, Jack Mowatt (August 4, 2022). Our deepest, most heartfelt condolences go out to his loved ones during this difficult time.
“Mowatt’s contributions to the umpire community and to USA Softball as a whole had an immense impact on the organization and in the lives of many people all across the country,” said USA Softball Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Craig Cress. “We are truly saddened by the loss of former Commissioner Mowatt and send our sincerest sympathies to his companion, Joyce, and his children John, Debbie, Kevin and James.”
John (Jack) Raymond Mowatt, Jr. (1936-2022)
First becoming involved with USA Softball in 1968 as a low-level umpire, Mowatt worked hard at his craft throughout the years, later being named Vice President of the Greater Washington Softball Umpires’ Association. Taking part in three USA Softball National Championships as an umpire, Mowatt also served as the umpire coordinator for the Men’s Class A National Championship and as host for the first 35-under Master’s National Championship.
During his career, Mowatt was instrumental in improving the overall quality of umpires around the country as one of the co-founders of the Central Atlantic Region Umpires Clinic – which eventually became one of the most successful clinics in the country. Mowatt served on numerous USA Softball committees and held the position of Chair of the Umpire Committee for four years where he outlined the duties and expected performance of the National Umpire Staff. Also assisting with the production of the Umpires’ Case Book, Mowatt provided many hours of proof reading and technical help to the committee in effort to benefit the growth and knowledge within the umpire community.
Additionally, Mowatt was named Washington, D.C. Commissioner in 1983 – a position he held for 34 years. Mowatt is a life member of USA Softball as well as a member of USA Softball’s National Indicator Fraternity. He received the National Award of Excellence and the Tom Mason Award, presented by the Central Atlantic Region, and was also inducted into the National Softball Hall of Fame in 2007 in honor of his many years of Meritorious Service. A regular at the National Office in Oklahoma City, Mowatt spent a generous amount of time helping where needed with various National Office events throughout the years.
The funeral service will be held on Friday, August 12, 2022, at 11 a.m. ET at Our Lady of the Fields Catholic Church (1070 Cecil Avenue, Millersville, MD 21108).
In lieu of flowers, the family requests those who wish to express sympathy to consider making a donation to Our Lady of the Fields Catholic Church, Special Olympics Oklahoma or the Officer Down Memorial Fund.