Local Obituaries

John Minton Sr., 86; son is chief justice

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — John D. Minton Sr., a former president of Western Kentucky University and father of the new chief justice of the Kentucky Supreme Court, has died. He was 86.

Mr. Minton died Sunday morning.

He became the fifth president of Western Kentucky in 1979, replacing Dero Downing. He held the post from Jan. 8 until July 31, 1979. He was replaced by Donald Zacharias.

The Western Kentucky Board of Regents recognized Minton's service by giving him the official title of university president.

His son, John D. Minton Jr., was sworn in as Kentucky's chief justice Friday.

The elder Minton later was vice president for student affairs in 1981 and retired in 1986. He chaired the faculty athletic committee at WKU for most of his career and served as president of the Sun Belt Conference. He was responsible for implementing Title IX at Western Kentucky.

Visitation will be 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. CDT Monday at Broadway United Methodist Church in Bowling Green. The funeral is scheduled for 2 p.m. CDT Tuesday, with burial at Fairview Cemetery.

Johnson-Vaughn-Phelps Funeral Home is in charge.

Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Betty Redick Minton of Bowling Green; two sons, Kentucky Chief Justice John D. Minton Jr. of Bowling Green and J. Ernest Minton of Manhattan, Kan.; and five grandchildren.

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