Medical examiner confirms Dave Sitton died of blood clot
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - The Pima County Medical Examiner has confirmed that a pulmonary embolism lead to the death of longtime sports broadcaster Dave Sitton.
Sunday evening hundreds gathered to say goodbye inside McKale Center on the University of Arizona camps.
Friends spoke of the overwhelming support since Sitton's passing.
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.
Dave Sitton became head rugby Coach at the University of Arizona at the age of 22. His Wildcats competed around the globe, regularly playing matches from Edinburgh, Scotland to Christ Church, New Zealand.
In all, he Coached and mentored over 1100 student athletes at the University of Arizona.
In addition, Sitton was in business, working for the Anheuser-Busch family as well as Clear Channel Communications, he hosted political talk radio shows and play-by-play commentary for intercollegiate sports on FOX Sports Net.
Most recently he hosted The Daily Male and Weekend Warrior on 104.1 The Truth for Journal Broadcast Group in Tucson.
Jim Arnold, Vice President and General Manager of Journal Broadcast Group said, "I am so saddened by the loss of one of Tucson's icons. Dave Sitton gave so much to this community in so many ways. A truly caring, dedicated and humble servant to the people of Tucson and far beyond. He will leave a void, but a lasting memory for so many of us. I will miss my friend."
Sitton studied under some of the greatest coaches in the United States. He built relationships with Hall of Fame Coach Jerry Kindall, Hall of Fame coach Lute Olson, Hall of Fame member Bart Starr, and others.