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Aug 14, 2013 3:14 PM by Brian White

A celebration of a remarkable life: Dave Sitton's memorial

LIVE FROM MCKALE CENTER: A celebration of a remarkable life. Dave Sitton's Memorial, August 18, 2013:

[Click here to see the live video of the Dave Sitton memorial]

News 4 will have a special report at 10 o'clock.

Reporter Sam Salzwedel and Sean Mooney are inside McKale center Sunday night to cover the memorial.

Live pictures from inside the ceremony:


Private funeral services for Dave Sitton will be held on Friday and Saturday.

A public memorial will be held at McKale Center Sunday, August 18. Doors to the venue will open at 5:30 p.m.


TUCSON - The former UA baseball player, UA sportscaster and one-time candidate Dave Sitton has died, Tucson Medical Center has confirmed.

He was 58.

Here's a phone interview News 4's Lupita Murillo has Monday with Lute Olson about his passsing (note: this is an audio-only interview):

A COMMUNITY REACTS

Rep. Ron Barber's statement:
Dave Sitton came to Tucson four decades ago to play baseball at the University of Arizona - and he stayed, giving back to his adopted hometown in a way that few others have.

Many knew Dave as the longtime voice of UA sports - but he was so much more than that as he became deeply involved in our community. He was among the first to step forward and offer his time and his talents to nonprofit organizations that were struggling. Dave was heavily involved in sports at all levels - but he also was a great music lover and worked tirelessly to ensure the Tucson Pops remains a vibrant part of the Tucson scene.

In the past year, I have been working closely with Dave and others who are dedicated to strengthening our military installations and supporting our men and women in uniform in Southern Arizona. Dave was a true patriot who understood the importance of Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Fort Huachuca and the 162nd Fighter Wing of the Arizona National Guard to our national security and our local economy.

Dave Sitton was a friend and a colleague. He left enormous footprints on the Tucson community and will be deeply missed. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

Arizona Athletics Director Greg Byrne's statement:
"It is with tremendous sorrow that we acknowledge the passing of Dave Sitton, and express our condolences to his family and friends. Few people have touched so many in our community like Dave.

His contributions to Arizona athletics, the University of Arizona, and the Tucson community are immeasurable. He impacted so many lives through his tireless work with various organizations and was a positive influence for anyone who had the opportunity to spend time with him. His passion, personality and presence will be sorely missed but never forgotten."

Sitton was a broadcaster of UA football and basketball games. He ran in the special primary to replace former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in 2012.

Sitton graduated from the University of Arizona in 1978 with a degree in fine arts. After finishing, Sitton became the voice of Wildcat baseball.

Sitton is survived by two daughters.

Stay with News 4 Tucson on air and online for a special report on Sitton's passing.

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