SUPERVISOR MICHAEL D. ANTONOVICH Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, 5th District 869 Hahn Hall of Administration ~ 500 West Temple Street ~ Room 869 Los Angeles, CA 90012 www.antonovich.com
SUPERVISOR MICHAEL D. ANTONOVICH
Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, 5th District
869 Hahn Hall of Administration ~ 500 West Temple Street ~ Room 869
Los Angeles, CA 90012 www.antonovich.com
Contact: Tony Bell, Communications Deputy
Office: (213) 974-5555 Cell: (213) 215-5176
June 23, 2008 For Immediate Release
ON THE PASSING OF RAY BARTLETT
LOS ANGELES COUNTY – Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich released the following statement on the death of Ray Bartlett:
“Ray was a friend and a supporter who served our county and our nation -- with honor and integrity. He was a trailblazer in sports, law enforcement, the military and public service and leaves a legacy of community involvement with the YMCA, Kiwanis, his church, the NAACP and the Republican Party.
For 27 years, he was my appointee on the Commission for Human Relations and the County’s Water Appeals Board. In 1939, Ray Bartlett and his friend and teammate Jackie Robinson led Pasadena Junior College to a National championship. He served as president of the Pasadena YMCA board of directors where he was active for over 60 years – starting there as a volunteer long before African-Americans were allowed to become members.
Ray’s military service spanned over 35 years, having served in World War II, the Korean war, and the Berlin Crisis where he earned the Army achievement certificate. After his service, Ray became a Pasadena City policeman. He was the first African-American to win the Kiwanis award for outstanding scholarship, athletics, and citizenship.
He was selected to represent Jackie Robinson as Grand Marshal of the Pasadena Tournament of Rose’s Parade in 1999. He was a Deputy for County Supervisor Warren Dorn, and spent four years as a public information officer for the Los Angeles County Fire Department.”