Clarence W. "Dutch" Burch, 80, of Williamsport, died Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012, at Williamsport Regional Medical Center.
Born May 19, 1932, in Oil City, he was a son of Clarence W. and Yula (VanHorn) Burch. He married Georgia Sharp on Sept. 3, 1954, and together they celebrated 58 wonderful years.
Dutch was a 1950 graduate of Oil City High School, where he was PA All-State Basketball first team in 1950, and his number was retired at Oil City High School in 1950. He graduated in 1954 from the University of Pittsburgh with a bachelor of science degree and received his master's degree in education from the University of Pittsburgh in 1956. Dutch played basketball at the University of Pittsburgh from 1950-1954, and was the most valuable player on the team in 1952 and 1954. He was an assistant basketball coach at the University of Pittsburgh from 1954-1956 and is a member of the University of Pittsburgh Athletic Hall of Fame. He was drafted by the Fort Wayne Pistons (now Detroit Pistons) of the National Basketball Association.
Clarence W. ‘Dutch’ Burch
Dutch entered the U.S. Army in 1956 where he was a basketball player-coach in the Army until 1958. Following the Army he returned to Oil City High School as a teacher and also a basketball coach until 1962.
In 1962, Coach Burch became the head basketball coach of Lycoming College. He held that position for 32 years, coaching many young men throughout his coaching career and becoming one of the all-time coaching "Greats" at Lycoming College. Dutch served many positions at Lycoming College, most notably he was athletic director from 1976-1983 during which women's basketball, swimming, track, and cross country were initiated. Dutch also served on the NCAA Basketball Rules Committee and many other NCAA, Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference committees and MAC committees. He is a member of the Lycoming College Athletic Hall of Fame.
Dutch was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church and the Williamsport YMCA. He enjoyed fishing and tying flies. Dutch loved basketball, and Lycoming College, but his family was always No. 1 in his heart.
Surviving, in addition to his wife Georgia, are four children, Susan B. Caravaggio (Steven) of Williamsport, Stephen W. Burch of Williamsport, Samuel C. Burch (Dawn) of South Williamsport and Seth B. Burch (Debi) of Williamsport; three granddaughters, Anna G. Caravaggio, Mersadies R. Burch and Gabriela L. Burch; and a brother, Joseph G. "Pete" Burch (Bonnie) of Oil City.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Betty Berlin.
A memorial service to celebrate Dutch's life will be held 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14, at Trinity Episcopal Church, 844 W. Fourth St., Williamsport, with the Rev. Kenneth E. Wagner-Pizza officiating. A reception with his family will follow the memorial service at church.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions in Dutch's name may be made to Lycoming College and Dutch Burch Court, Development Office, 700 College Place, Williamsport, PA 17701 or Trinity Episcopal Church.
Arrangements entrusted to Knight-Confer Funeral Home.