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Aug 12, 2013 9:34 PM by Lupita Murillo

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.

We want you to share your memories of the legendary Dave Sitton.

Go to KVOA'S facebook page and tell us what you remember the most about the man many will miss dearly.

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