Public memorial honors Tucson icon, longtime sportscaster

Public memorial honors Tucson icon, longtime sportscaster

By Cory Marshall. CREATED Aug 18, 2013

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Sunday evening hundreds gathered to say goodbye to the late and longtime sportscaster, Dave Sitton.

Inside the University of Arizona's McKale Center, friends spoke of the overwhelming support since Sitton's passing, Monday.

He was 58.

"As all of us here and most of us in Tucson can say, and so many of us have already tonight, Dave Sitton was a friend," Vice President and General Manager of Journal Broadcast Group said during the service.

"He left as one of the great guys in my life," another speaker, Coach Jerry Kindall later said.

Throughout the nearly three-hour public memorial, speakers shared stories of a devoted father, a rugby coach, a one-time congressional candidate, a cancer survivor and than man many knew as the voice of Arizona football and basketball.

A sentiment to the lives he touched, a framed letter from the L.A. Dodger's Tommy Lasorda was read aloud. Organizers say Lasorda sent the letter after hearing of Sitton's passing.

"Dave struck me as such a well-rounded human being and endeared himself to me as such a huge fan of baseball," the letter read.

Dave' sister, surrounded by his daughters, Olivia and Blakeney, doted on his memory.

"He made all of us better people and his death has reminded us of something we know all too well but often forget. One last lesson from Dave, always make that call [and] don't procrastinate," his sister, Margie, told a crowded McKale Center.

Remembered as a true patriot, members of the Davis-Monthan Honor Guard carried out the Presentation of Colors, presenting Sitton's family with a flag.