Francis L. (Bud) Timmons Jr., 74, a retired assistant secretary to the old D.C. Board of Commissioners and a member of the Washington Metropolitan Softball Hall of Fame, died of cancer Saturday at Greater Southeast Community Hospital.

Mr. Timmons, a lifelong resident of Washington, graduated from Eastern High School and attended Georgetown University.As a young man, he played softball and semiprofessional baseball and football in the Washington area. He was admitted to the softball hall of fame in 1965.

He began his career with the D.C. government in 1914 and remained with it until his retirement as assistant secretary to the Board of Commissioners, the forerunner to the D.C. City Council, in 1966.In the course of his career, he was chief clerk of the old Trees and Parks Division, chief clerk of the Engineering Department and special assistant to the engineering commissioner.

During World Was II, Mr. Timmons served in the Army Corps of Engineers.

He was a past commander of the Kenna Main Post No. 37 of the American Legion. He also was a member of the National Rifle Association and the Oldest Inhabitants of the District of Columbia.

His wife, Pauline L. Timmons, died in May.

Survivors include one daughter, Patricia Reinhart of Largo, and two grandchildren.

The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the American Cancer Society.