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Longtime University of Idaho announcer Curtis dead at 87

Bob Curtis, who called Idaho Vandals games for 50 years, died Wednesday at his home in Colfax. He was 87.

Curtis is a member of the Vandals athletics hall of fame, North Idaho hall of fame and Inland Empire hall of fame. He broadcast 540 consecutive Vandals football games, and called hundreds of basketball games.

“Words can’t describe what Bob meant to the Vandal family,” Idaho athletic director Rob Spear said. “His accomplishments as a broadcaster are legendary and for so many years the sound of his voice was the sound of Vandal Athletics.”

There will be a memorial service at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 3, at the Baptist Church in Colfax.

“I couldn’t be more sad to hear of the passing of Bob,” Idaho football coach Robb Akey said. “He was a great man, a great friend and a great Vandal. I was proud of the friendship we had. My thoughts and prayers go out to Lynn and the family.

“We’ll miss Bob — he was a great Vandal; a legend.”

Curtis won the 2008 National Football Foundation Chris Schenkel Award, and was the Idaho Sportscaster of the year 33 times.