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Michigan Mourns The Loss of Past President, Art Serafinski

By Darrin Duistermars, 04/21/20, 10:00AM EDT


USA Softball of Michigan has lost a giant in the game of softball.  Art Serafinski passed away on April 20, 2020, due to complications from the coronavirus.  

Art Serafinski was a friend and big brother to anyone who needed help, guidance, or just to have a conversation.  Many of us knew him through USA Softball of Michigan and the Michigan Recreation & Parks Association.  For many of us, we became better professionals and better people for having Art Serafinski as a friend and colleague. 

From a softball standpoint, there is no question that Art was a tremendous contributor and supporter of USA Softball.  He served as a commissioner for 27 years, he was a registered umpire for 27 years, and served on our Executive Committee for 11 years, including a term as President.  He is also a member of the National Indicator Fraternity.  However, what made Art so special was not just his talent on and off the field…it was his attitude.  He got things done in the best ways, possible.  He embodied the spirit of our great game and displayed the dedication, commitment, work ethic and heart that it took to be one of the greats of softball in Michigan.  He distinguished himself as a leader in the service of USA Softball of Michigan.  Few people have been involved with USA Softball of Michigan in so many different capacities and even fewer have distinguished themselves in each of those roles like Art has done.

Art was a mentor, an adviser, and just a friend whenever needed.  He was an absolute treasure and it was my honor to have inducted him into the USA Softball of Michigan Hall of Fame in January of 2020.  

To a great colleague, to a great teammate, to a great friend, and more importantly…to my brother…we love you, Art.  God Bless you and your beautiful family.  Rest in peace, our friend and brother...dd