Posted 11:06 PM 8/18/2013 : Hundreds attend celebration of Dave Sitton's life
TUCSON - Hundreds of people attended a memorial Sunday, to honor and rememnber Dave Sitton's life. It was held at the McKale Center.
The 58-year-old icon died unexpectedly Monday.
A banner on the background of the stage read, "Tucson just lost a great citizen."
Chris Clements opened the ceremony.
"Dave Sitton was my second father," he said. "And he was a man who stood for me in the gap after my father passed away."
News Four Tucson's weekend anchor, Sean Mooney, was the master of ceremonies and knew Sitton as a mentor.
"This has been one of the saddest weeks of my life," Mooney said. "But it's also been one of the most incredible."
University of Arizona Athletic Director Greg Byrne joked about Sitton hosting so many charity events.
"I lived in Tucson probably for 6 months," Byrne said, "before I realized that somebody other than Dave emceed events in this town."
Sitton's longtime broadcast partner Bob Elliot also spoke.
"We liked to hear people say that they could feel our chemistry through the broadcast. That chemistry started 40 years ago across the way, as we were both freshman at the U of A together," Elliot said. "Partner, you left good vibrations with all of us. We look forward to meeting you again. Love you, partner."
Posted 6:13 PM 8/18/2013 : A celebration of Dave Sitton's remarkable life
Posted 10:46 PM 8/16/2013 : Hundreds attend Dave Sitton visitation
TUCSON - Hundreds of people went to the visitation and rosary for Dave Sitton Friday evening.
Sitton died Monday at the age of 58.
Christopher Clements is one of many people who looked up to Sitton.
"Dave was my second father," Clements said. "When my father passed away in 1995, he stepped in that gap for me. And I can't remember life without Dave."
Even people who never met Sitton recognize him from television and fundraisers.
"He gave his time to any cause," Clements said. "He never said no."
Local business leaders, politicians and college athletes gathered at Saint Joseph Parish to pay their respect.
"My story is no different than countless people all over the city, all over the state, and the country, and the globe," Clements said. "For some young men and even some older men, the only father figure they ever knew."
Clements said Tucson is a better place, thanks to Sitton.
"I just love Dave Sitton," he said. "I love everything he meant for this community. I love the man that he was. I love the person of faith that he was in this community. And I hope other people recognize that and can fill the gap the way he did."
A celebration of Sitton's life will be held at the McKale Center at 6 p.m. The public is invited and parking around the arena will be free.
Posted 12:14 PM 8/14/2013 : 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:
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.
Posted 10:18 PM 8/12/2013 : Social media tributes for Dave Sitton of Tucson
TUCSON - Many have taken to social media to give condolences and share memories of Dave Sitton.
On the News 4 Tucson Facebook page there's been an overwhelming expression of grief, and at the same time, heartfelt happy tributes.
Viewers shared their fondness of Sitton and his contribution to their lives.
The legendary UA sports broadcaster, the father who coached Arizona Rugby, the man who ran for congress.
Jack Young posted a photo with Sitton, the caption says, "He was a gentle person and I considered him my friend. I really liked him, and he passed way too young."
Mike Cicala wrote, "Growing up in Tucson and being a Wildcat fan my whole life, he was a part of my life. But that is only a small part of what Dave meant to this city."
Too young to go, but he made a difference in a lot of lives," said Eddie Vosberg, "I will miss him."
Many knew Sitton from television, others from community events. Some shared upbeat, personal memories.
Margie Wrye says, "Dave's contributions to Tucson and everyone he touched, the list would go on, for pages and pages. For me, I will always be thankful to Dave for introducing me to the extremely cool and manly sport of Rugby."
Amy Rice remembers, "Before I knew who he was, when he would announce basketball games, I always thought he was saying, "This is Dave, sitting along with Coach".
Mark Rendon says, "Dave is up there throwing dice, playing with house money and listening to the Beach Boys. Good bye to great teammate, coach, mentor and most of all friend."
Memories with Sitton are also being shared on Twitter.
Mike Feder, General Manager of the Tucson Padres tweets, "Very sad day with the passing of Dave Sitton, a tremendous person. We all need to live our life with the same zeal Dave did."
Posted 6:34 PM 8/12/2013 : Dave Sitton, sportscaster, rugby coach, father , dies
TUCSON - People across Tucson are mourning the loss of a Tucson icon in sports broadcasting.
Dave Sitton was the voice of U of A sports for 25 years and head coach of the U of A Rugby team since 1978.
News 4 Tucson's Lupita Murillo worked with Sitton at various charity events.
"He was the ultimate professional. He was a gentleman, he was a man who cared deeply about his family, his friends, and his community," she says.
Dave Sitton is remembered as a positive person and a fierce competitor. He always strived to do better, and to make Tucson a better place to live. Former U of A basketball coach Lute Olson remembers Sitton as a go-getter.
"There was not a no in his vocabulary," he said.
One of Sitton's biggest wins was his battle with cancer. Eight years ago he was diagnosed with an aggressive form of Lymphoma.
"I remember him talking about that, that cancer may be tough . He was tougher than cancer was," Coach Olson said.
Dr. David Alberts and Sitton were teammates at the University of Arizona Cancer Center. Sitton worked there for three years when Dr. Alberts was the head of the center.
Sitton publicly shared his experience with cancer in a marketing campaign called Act Against Cancer.
"He was constantly battling for the cancer issues so he was a great spirit and he will be missed tremendously," he says.
Also missing Sitton his rugby team. He's been connected with Arizona rugby for more than three decades taking the team on world tours. Last year they finished second in the country.
Besides sports, Sitton also took a shot at politics. He came up short in his bid for congress.
"He truly was bigger than life," Alberts says. "And he really understood the human spirit, and he embodied that."
Sitton is survived by two adult daughters. No word on yet on funeral services.
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