Ann (Jones) Burch and her husband, Richard Burch, have been Martin County
residents all their lives. Both are graduates of Loogootee High School.
Richard pursued a career in Civil Engineering at Purdue University and Ann
pursued a career as an Ophthalmology Assistant at Indiana University.
Following college graduation, Ann and Richard became newlyweds. They began
building their family after returning to Martin County. They have three
children - Allyson, Emma, and Clint, and three grandchildren. Ann lived a
happy life before she passed away from a battle with cancer in early 2017.
Ann gave her time, energy, and talents back to the community in many ways.
She served as a volunteer of each of the thirteen years of the Butcher-Gee
Golf Scramble. She served as a member of the Miss Martin County Queen
Committee from 2004 to 2016 and a member of the Loogootee Library board
since 2015. She also served as a member of the MCCF Grant Committee. ďAnn
was simply community-minded,Ē her husband Richard states. She is missed
dearly by many for the impacts she made on her family and within our
In addition to her busy lifestyle, tennis was one of Annís many passions. It
dates back to 1978 when Ann was on the first, inaugural Loogootee Girls
Tennis team. Her passion and love of tennis was passed on to her kids as
Allyson (class of 2006), Emma (class of 2008), and Clinton (class of 2011)
were all participants in the Loogootee Tennis Program. Ann was even an
honorary at a girlís Smash Cancer Tennis Tournament in early May of 2016.
Tennis is a sport that has a lot to offer students in their growth and
journey toward becoming adults. Owing the impact that tennis has on the
lives of students, Ann and her husband, Richard, decided to establish a
scholarship to reward someone who has dedicated their precious teenage years
to the sport that Ann adored so much.
The Ann Jones Burch Tennis Scholarship will support Loogootee High
School graduating students that participated in tennis, were active in other
school activities, and who are good, well-rounded, civic-minded citizens.
Many of Annís friends, acquaintances, families, and businesses have given
generously to the scholarship fund to help it grow in her honor. In fact, it
was one of the fastest growing funds in our community history. Annís passion
for tennis will live on through the athletes benefiting from this
scholarship, and her legacy lasts forever within our community.