Did you know that in 2007 John Bunnell played pickleball with Tom & Nancy Letson and Jack & Barb Betterley in an empty lot beside their park model at Mesa Regal? In 2007, the game, which the Betterleys brought from their home state of Washington, was new to this area and there were no facilities here at Mesa Regal to play. Tom and Jack lined the unused volleyball court for pickleball the next year so they had a court to play on, and taught Gord Mierau and others how to play.

Jack and Barb Betterley on the original courtsJack and Barb Betterley on the original courts

Gloria (Mesa Regal Manager) was very supportive, so in the fall of 2009, Cal Am started improvements to the courts and by spring Mesa Regal had official pickleball courts. Tragically, Tom Letson passed away in May, 2011, at age 58, five months after being diagnosed with aggressive cancer.

Shorty and Sandy Radermacher with Hank Pankratz

Thanks to Jack & Barb Betterley, Nancy Letson, John & Kathy Bunnell, and Gord & Jenn Mierau for this superb history of pickleball at Mesa Regal. AND, a huge thanks to all of you for getting Cal Am moving on our pickleball courts!!

by Kathy Bunnell