June 17, 2014 - by

A Tribute To Lee Bowen


Leonard Martineau
Lee, although I’ve never met you, you have touched me through your passion for seminole baseball.

Thank you

Chris Whidden (Winter Springs, FL)
As a loyal Seminole, I am sorry for your loss, and as a fellow human being I am even sorrier. He was a great man and his memory will live on with all he touched forever. God Bless you.

Chris Whidden
Florida State Baseball

John (Tallahassee, FL)
I am very shocked and saddened at the news of someone who I have listened to for the past couple of years following seminole baseball. I had always thought he seemed like a great person, and after reading many posts about him I know that he truly was an awesome person. Although I had never met him, he was a pleasure to listen to on the radio. I appreciate the best of effort and class he brought to every game. I would like to send best wishes to his wife and family. May you have comfort in knowing he has touched many and will be remembered in our prayers. God bless you.

Antionette Staley-Tallahassee,Florida
My prayers go out to the Bowen Family in their loss. May God be with you during this sad time.

Keith Alexander, Tallahassee, FL
Lee was a great baseball announcer. He will be missed. You know that an announcer is doing something right when so many people at the game are listening to the radio broadcast. I do not know how he will be replaced. RIP.

Jon Gentile, Birmingham, AL
My family joins all of those who are praying for the Bowen family at this time of sorrow. I had the pleasure of working with Lee in the early ’90s as a member of the Host Communications/Seminole Radio Network. He was always professional and had an infectious passion for the Garnet and Gold. Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Florida State family.

Sandy Johnson
You know you are in our prayers.

Bruce Winkworth, Raleigh, N.C.
I first met Lee at Burlington the summer before Florida State joined the ACC, and got to know him well over the years in my capacity as media relations director for baseball at NC State. Lee always did his homework and was always prepared for his broadcasts. Florida State baseball fans have a well-deserved reputation for being knowledgeable about the game, and I can’t help but believe that a big part of this was because of Lee Bowen.

Lee’s passion for college baseball in general and for Florida State baseball in particular was boundless. Always upbeat and positive, his spirit lit up the press box wherever he went. Florida State, the ACC and college baseball have suffered a terrible loss, but our thoughts and prayers are with his family.

Be at rest gentle spirit, pax domini.

Matt Britten (Miami, Florida)
Florida State University and the Tallahassee community, along with anyone who was ever fortunate enough to meet Lee Bowen lost a great man recently. I first met Lee when I was the Field Manager for FSU Baseball in 1998. We struck a conversation about the team and were friends ever since. We worked together again when I was hired as Promotions Director at Clear Channel Tallahassee. Lee was Program Director for what was then SportsRadio 1270, and although most will remember Lee for his wealth of knowledge about FSU athletics and his tremendous skills as a broadcaster, I will moreover be grateful for the ideas, thoughts, and skills that he shared with me at Clear Channel. Lee always had a gameplan for everything, and if you asked him for his opinion on a topic, or a sport, or a promotional idea or marketing strategy, the chances were always good that he would have a unique, fresh perspective that made sense. Lee Bowen was one of the kindest, brightest, caring, hard-working individuals I have ever met and he loved FSU as much as anyone I know. I will miss him and I will never forget the positive impact he had on my life. My thoughts go out to his family, friends, and co-workers; I can only hope that in time your pain will be eased and that one day we can all rejoice in the fact that we were so fortunate to have our lives touched by such a great person.

Matt Britten
Promotions Manager, Florida Marlins
FSU Class of `99

Stephen O’Neal, Stuart, FL
I lived in Tallahassee from 1997-2003 and loved listening to FSU baseball and Lee. He was a terrific announcer. My thoughts and prayers to his family.

Jeremy Parker (Statesboro, Georgia)
Being a huge Florida State fan, I know this certainly is a sad time for all of Seminole nation. May God bless Lee Bowen and his family through this tough time and always.

Lynn Hobby, Bristol FL
As a member of the FSU Athletic family for the past 8+ years I’ve seen too many tragedies come our way. I just spoke with Lee before I left for vacation and remember his smile as he was checking out our new offices. He always had that same smile ready for everyone and at all times. His silly laugh and fidgety stance were incredibly endearing and will be missed tremendously by myself. Returning to work just won’t be the same. Ever. We have yet one more angel wearing garnet and gold.

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