Perkins remembered for volunteer work with Perry athletics

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Homer Perkins (right) was recognized as a Perry fan of the game before the tipoff of the Bluejays vs Dutch game at Wells Fargo Arena in 2016. FILE PHOTO/THE PERRY CHIEF

Homer Perkins has been an active volunteer in the Perry High School athletic program during the past 45 years. Perkins passed away Sunday, July 5, 2020 at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines.

“While Homer Perkins was a quiet unassuming man, his actions and his willingness to be of service to our youth leaves a lasting legacy,” Tom Lipovac, former Perry Student Activities Director said in a release. “He was a strong positive supporter of our students’ achievements and a vital member of the Perry Community School District Student Activities Department. Homer demonstrated ‘The Bluejay Way,’ acting with character and serving others.”

Homer served as the voice of Perry Bluejay baseball and/or the official scoreboard operator for nearly every home baseball game since 1980.

In addition, Homer donated the funds for the press box from which he worked at Progressive Field as well as the Jayette Softball Field press box.

During the fall, Homer served as the crew chief for the Bluejays football chain crew. He worked every varsity contest for the past 45 years except for games missed one season due to a sideline injury.

During the winter, Homer served as the scoreboard operator for ninth grade, junior varsity, and varsity girls basketball games and repeated the duties serving as the scoreboard operator for ninth grade, junior varsity and varsity boys basketball games.

On his nights not working as a volunteer, Homer was present as a fan at many home and away events.

Homer’s honors included:

  • Iowa High School Athletic Directors Association Service Award
  • Iowa Governor’s Volunteer Service Award
  • Iowa High School Athletic Association Volunteer Service Award
  • Iowa High School Athletic Association “Fan of the Game” State Tournament Recognition
  • PCSD Military Appreciation Night Honorary Football Team Captain
  • PCSD Bluejay Service Award

Homer served in the United States Air Force from 1963-1967 as an E-4 (Airman 1st Class). Stationed at March Air Force Base, his tour of duty included Okinawa and over 50 trips around the world.

“One of the ultimate tributes in athletics is to be recognized by a single name. When the name Homer is mentioned regarding Perry athletics, Bluejay and Jayette coaches, players, and supporters know that reference is being made to Homer Perkins,” Lipovac said. “Every community would benefit from having a Homer in their program. The Perry Community School District is thankful that we had Homer Perkins.”