San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl officials announced today that they will posthumously recognize Peter “Pete” Litrenta at the Oct. 27 Navy-Notre Dame game at SDCCU Stadium. The community-first San Diegan will be remembered during an on-field presentation during the game.
The nonprofit local bowl game effort is the host of the event and the group responsible for bringing the game to San Diego.
Litrenta was a Holiday Bowl “RedCoat” volunteer for more than 20 years, joining the committee in 1989. He later became a member of the association’s board of directors in 2001. He served in that capacity until he passed away in 2009 and was active on many committees, including the team selection and military affairs committees.
He was also a very proud 1964 graduate of the University of Notre Dame, and had an illustrious 25-year career in the Navy.
This matchup would have brought him great joy. “Peter loved college football, especially Notre Dame, his alma mater,” said retired Holiday Bowl executive director, Bruce Binkowski. “His great vision and insight, while still on active duty in San Diego, led to the unique partnership and relationship the Holiday Bowl enjoys with the Navy and Marine Corps today.”
This game will mark the first time the Notre Dame football team has ever played in San Diego.
Upon his retirement from the Navy, Litrenta played active roles with many community-based organizations, including the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, San Diego USO, the America’s Cup Organizing Committee, the San Diego Port Tenant’s Association, San Diego Convention & Visitors’ Bureau, Coronado Schools Foundation, San Diego Fleet Week Foundation, USS Midway Museum, San Diego Taxpayers Association and Coronado Rotary.
His wife of 43 years, Linda, will take part in the presentation. Joining Linda on the field will be their three daughters, Danielle, LyAnne and Katie, sons-in-law and grandchildren.
“Pete was such a nice man, and an amazing San Diegan,” said current Holiday Bowl CEO, Mark Neville. “It’s so fitting to honor his memory at a game that would have meant so much to him.”