“You get nervous shooting a 300,” says teammate Todd Place. “The pressure keeps building,” says bowling alley owner Jim Nutt.
Minutes after achieving the life long goal of a perfect game the 62 year old bowler collapsed and died at Ravenna Bowl in Ravenna. “Don just collapsed,” says alley owner Nutt. ” At first we thought he just fainted.” “Then when I rolled him over I realized it wasn’t good,” says teammate Place.
The teammates say he was giving a high-five minutes before. They tried to revive him but Doane never spoke another word. He died of what was apparently a massive heart attack “He looked fine, reached across the table and gave me a high-five and he fell over,” says Place.
“I think he died by the time he hit the floor.” Don Doane was a member of the “Nutt Farm” bowling team at Ravenna Bowl for 45 years. His teammates says its strange not to see him on league nights.
“It was like a book, a final chapter,” says Place. “He threw his 300 game with all of his friends, gave each other high-fives and it’s like the story ended. He died with a smile on his face.”
“Don will be a legend,” says Nutt. ‘It’s something that will never be forgotten as long as people bowl here.” Ravenna Bowl is planning a memorial ceremony for Doan’s’ wife Linda and son Chad. – wzzm
This sort of thing reinforces the belief some people have that the Earth is a playground for souls, that we come here to do something, at that when it is done, we leave.