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Published July 30, 2013, 04:45 PM

Former WDAZ Sports Director Bob Bustin Dies at 85

Bustin served as WDAZ's second Grand Forks-based sports director, working in the 1970s.

By: Pat Sweeney, WDAZ

Former WDAZ Sports Director Bob Bustin has died at age 85.

Bustin died July 27 at Valley Eldercare Center in Grand Forks.

Bustin was WDAZ's second Grand Forks-based sports director, working in the 1970s.

Bustin followed Glen (Big Daddy) Olson, who died of cancer July 15 in the Twin Cities area. Olson was 72.

Bustin was also host of WDAZ's "Party Line" show.

Bustin was born June 10, 1928, in Grand Forks. He graduated from Grand Forks Central high school in 1946, and later attended college at the Citadel, UND and Colorado College.

Bustin served as manager of the UND men's hockey team from 1949 to 1951. He was a lifelong UND hockey fan.

Bustin spent most of his adult life in advertising, marketing, broadcasting and sales. He was employed by BBDO advertising agency in San Francisco, and worked more than 11 years at CBS television in New York.

Bustin was vice-president of marketing for First Federal Savings and Loan of Grand Forks, and sold cars for Wilcox and Malm, also of Grand Forks.

Bustin is survived by his wife Ruth of Grand Forks, daughter Gretchen of St. Paul, stepdaughter Ann Paulson of Langdon, ND, two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

A celebration of Bustin's life will be held from 2:00 to 6:00 P.M., August 9 at the Bustin home on 3210 Cherry St.

Arrangements are being handled by Norman Funeral Home of Grand Forks.

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