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Aug 17, 2013 1:46 AM by Sam Salzwedel

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.

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