Voice of the Vandals, Bob Curtis, dies
The University of Idaho announced yesterday that Bob Curtis, who served as the voice of the Vandals for almost 50 years, died Wednesday at the age of 87.
“Today the University of Idaho suffered a great loss with the death of Bob Curtis,” said University of Idaho President M. Duane Nellis. “Bob was the voice of the Vandals for more than 50 years. He brought the Vandal spirit to more than 500 football games and hundreds of basketball games. Bob is a Vandal icon that will be missed dearly. Our hearts go out to the Curtis family.”
As a senior attending Washington State University, Curtis started calling games for Idaho, Montana and Washington. In 1958, the University of Idaho hired Curtis as its play-by-play announcer for football and basketball. He remained in the position until his retirement in 2004.
"Throughout a 50-year span, Curtis called 540 consecutive football games, including one season while recovering from hip surgery he had during a bye week," said University of Idaho. "The next game he was back at the microphone. Along with football, he also called hundreds of basketball games."
Curtis died Wednesday night at his home in Colfax, Wash. A service will be held on Friday, Aug. 3 at 10 a.m. at the Baptist Church, 200 N. Mill St., in Colfax, Wash.