Legendary “Voice of the Vandals” passes away

26 Jul

By Madison McCord

Former Idaho Vandals football and basketball broadcaster Bob Curtis passed away Wednesday at his home in Colfax. Curtis was 87.

Courtesy: Idaho Athletic Media Relations

Courtesy: Idaho Athletic Media Relations

Curtis started his career as a senior at Washington State University calling various games in Idaho, Montana and Washington. He was hired shortly after leaving WSU by Idaho to handle their play-by-play duties which he did until his retirement in 2004.

Curtis is best known for calling 540 consecutive Idaho football games including one in 2003 in which he went through a hip replacement surgery the week before. Curtis also called hundreds of basketball games for the Vandals.

Along with being a Vandal Hall of Fame member, Curtis was named the co-recepient of the National Football Foundation/College Football Hall of Fame Chris Schenkel Award in 2008 and was named the Idaho Sportscaster of the Year 33 times by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association. Curtis’ name was also given to the press box in the Kibbie Dome when it was remodeled before the 2011 season.

A service to remember Curtis will be held at 10 a.m on August 3 at the Baptist Church in Colfax.

Here is how Vandals everywhere reacted to the news:

2 Responses to “Legendary “Voice of the Vandals” passes away”

  1. Todd Curtis July 26, 2012 at 2:54 pm #

    This is his son, Todd Curtis, and I wanted to thank you all for your wonderful comments. In addition I want to than Vandal Nation for a wonderful article. GO VANDALS!

  2. Stephen T Conklin July 26, 2012 at 5:45 pm #

    I remember Bob’s great voice during the 80’s, when Vandals were on the road. He was a great reason to love Idaho sports. Go Vandals!

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