Reports: Bill Marcroft, longtime voice of the Utah Utes, dies

Portrait of Radio personality Bill Marcroft prior to the Texas A&M game Friday September 2, 2004 at Rice Eccles Stadium.

Portrait of Radio personality Bill Marcroft prior to the Texas A&M game Friday September 2, 2004 at Rice Eccles Stadium. | Scott G. Winterton, Dnews

Bill Marcroft, the longtime voice of University of Utah athletics, has passed away, university officials and media outlets reported Sunday morning.

Marcroft served as the Utes’ play-by-play announcer working for KALL Radio from 1969 until his retirement in 2004.

“So sad to hear the news of my good friend Bill Marcroft’s passing,” Utah football coach Kyle Whittingham wrote on his Twitter account. “He was an icon of Utah Athletics for so many years and leaves an incredible legacy behind. Sending love to his family. He will be greatly missed.”

So sad to hear the news of my good friend Bill Marcroft’s passing. He was an icon of Utah Athletics for so many years and leaves an incredible legacy behind. Sending love to his family. He will be greatly missed.

— Kyle Whittingham (@UtahCoachWhitt) November 15, 2020

Utah athletic director Mark Harlan posted on Twitter: “Feel so blessed that I had the opportunity to visit with Bill on occasion, at a Utah event ( he LOVED the Red Rocks) or at a charity function, where he never said no to being the MC. He was so kind, and just loved Utah Athletics. My best to his family during this difficult time.”

Feel so blessed that I had the opportunity to visit with Bill on occasion, at a Utah event( he LOVED the Red Rocks) or at a charity function, where he never said no to being the MC. He was so kind, and just loved Utah Athletics. My best to his family during this difficult time. https://t.co/hqmxDQeAMy

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— Mark Harlan (@MarkHarlan_AD) November 15, 2020

“Legend and Voice of the Utes for 38 years,” posted the official Utah Football account. “We are broken hearted to hear of his passing.”

Legend and Voice of the Utes for 38 years. We are broken hearted to hear of his passing. https://t.co/w4W6Zvyk5H

— Utah Football (@Utah_Football) November 15, 2020

In 2010, the Deseret News figured that Marcroft called 543 Ute games between 1969 and his retirement in 2004.

The Utah sports community responded to the reports:

I’m sad to learn that Bill Marcroft has passed away. He is a Utah broadcasting legend. Personally, I will always be grateful for the advice, encouragement and friendship he offered me as I was trying to find my way as a broadcaster. I will miss his stories and seeing him at games

— Jeremiah Jensen (@JJSportsBeat) November 15, 2020

Rest In Peace to a True Utah Man! Bill Marcroft was the soundtrack of Utah Football and Hoops for generations of Utah Fans! It was my pleasure to know him and work with him! Legend!#Utes

— Bill Riley (@espn700bill) November 15, 2020

So sad to hear about the passing of Bill Marcroft. He was the reason I got into sportscasting, the guy I watched growing up. He helped me by …read more

Source:: Deseret News – Sports News

      

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