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Aug 19, 2013 2:06 AM by Sam Salzwedel

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."

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