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Tom Dillon, legendary 'Voice of the Sun Devils' passes away

December 02, 2008

It is with deep sorrow that the Arizona State University Athletic Department announces the loss of a Sun Devil great. Tom Dillon, the long-time radio Voice of the Sun Devils, passed away Monday (December 1) night at his home due to an apparent heart attack. He was 65.

Tom was the Voice of the Sun Devils from 1973 through 1997 while working for KTAR radio and was recipient of the Arizona Sportscaster of the Year accolades 17 times. Most recently, Tom was the play-by-play announcer for Sports USA Radio, which provided national coverage of college football games. He called the Alabama-Auburn game last Saturday and was preparing to call the ASU-Arizona game this Saturday in Tucson.

As the Voice of the Sun Devils, Tom was on hand to call several memorable games in ASU athletic history, including the Sun Devils' two Rose Bowl appearances (1987 and 1997 games) as well as the men's basketball team's run to the Sweet 16 in 1995.

Tom loved the Christmas holidays and once called a game dressed in a Santa suit. He was the No. 1 source for a good joke and was everyone's resource for where to dine while on the road in the Pacific-10 Conference.

He will be missed dearly by everyone in the Sun Devil family.

Details of service arrangements are forthcoming.