Frank Thomas Bobo, longtime Master Distiller for Jack Daniel Distillery, died Wednesday at the age of 90.
The passing of the Lynchburg native, who held the title of the Fifth Master Distiller from 1967 until his retirement in 1989, affected many in the community. His funeral is Friday.
“All of us at Jack Daniel’s are saddened by the passing of Frank Bobo and we send our deepest sympathies to the Bobo and Fletcher family,” said Larry Combs, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Jack Daniel Distillery.
According to a 1960s-era ad, Mr. Bobo was the first Master Distiller to not be related to the Motlow family.
“To say that Frank Bobo was instrumental in the growth of Jack Daniel’s when our Tennessee Whiskey was in short supply would be an understatement. Frank and his team worked tirelessly to meet the world’s demand for our Tennessee Whiskey, and Jack Daniel’s would not be what it is today without his many contributions. There will never be another one quite like Mr. Frank Bobo. As Master Distiller, he set the standard for Jack Daniel’s and represented the hard work, dedication and attention to our founding principles that we all strive to meet today.
“But more than anything, Frank was our friend. He was a good man – a family man – and someone we always looked up to and will always remember fondly. We know he will be missed, but we also know his legacy lives on in his family, in his work and in his service to Lynchburg and our country.”