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John Kovacevich

athlete

Inducted February, 1976

Born in Fresno, California. Became Kern County resident in 1930. Outboard Speed Boat Racing record includes National Class F runabout champion twice; Pacific Grand Prix and 50 mile marathon champion; established world records in 1937 and 1939 and raised these three times in 1940. Winner National 2-Boat High Point Trophy in 1939. Won National championship at Salton Sea in 1942. First president of Bakersfield Country Club. Member State Board of Agriculture 8 years. Named Sportsman of Year by Kern Wildlife Federation 1959. Contributor to Kern economy as fruit grower and shipper in Arvin Area. Wife Beverly; children John Jr., Mike, Jayne Ellen and Marry Anne.