Former Detroit Pistons player and head coach Donnis ("Donnie") Butcher passed away early Monday morning at the age of 76.
Butcher was born and raised as one of sixteen children in Williamsport, KY. He played collegiate basketball at Pikevill College where he was a two-time All-American. He was drafted by the New York Knicks in 1961. During Wilt Chamberlain's 100-point game on March 2, 1962, Butcher scored ten points for the Knicks.
Butcher was head coach of the Pistons from 1967-68. In 1968, he led Detroit to a playoff berth. During his career he coached Dave Bing and Dave Debusschere.
Butcher was a beloved husband to his wife, Delorise, a dear father to his daughter Debra and two sons, Don and Denny. He was also the loving grandfather of seven grandchildren - Brandon, John, Don Russell, Jr., Daniel, Jordyn, Rielly and Andrew - and four great grandchildren - William, Hannah, Sarah and Rebekah.