Track Statistician, Announcer, Meet Director and Promoter Scott Davis Passes Away
Davis Contracted An Infection At the World Jr. Championships
August 18, 2010
We here at LetsRun.com received the following self-explanatory email this evening from Jack Pfeiffer the head of the Track and Field Writers Association stating that announcer and former Mt. Sac meet director Scott Davis has passed away. Scott will be missed by many track and field aficionados throughout the globe. On a personal note, some of LetsRun.com co-founders Weldon Johnson's fondest memories in the sport came at Mt. Sac and we too will greatly miss Scott.
To all TAFWA members -- Scott Davis,
one of the founding members of our organization and a tireless track
statistician, announcer, meet director and promoter, died today,
Wednesday afternoon, August 18, at his home in Los Angeles. He was 67. A
genial lion of a man, with a kind word, back slap and funny story for
everyone, Davis was involved in every facet of
the sport most of his life. As recently as this summer, he announced the
NCAA Championships and Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, where he and his
wife, Cheryl, had a second home, and the World Juniors in Moncton, where
he apparently contracted an infection that led to his death. Davis
had dealt with years of chemotherapy, dating to 1997, for several
virulent forms of cancer. He had been awards chairman for TAFWA for many
years. Davis was meet director of the Mt. SAC
Relays for two decades before his retirement in 2007, and was home
announcer for his beloved alma mater, UCLA. He had been
secretary-general of ATFS since 1993, was a co-founder of the FAST
statisticians organization, dating to 1983, and was a dear personal
friend as well.
Updated Olympic silver medallist and NYC Marathon champ Meb Keflezighi also sent his memories of Scott:
I heard the unfortunate news about Scott Davis late last night. He was loved by all, from athletes, coaches and fans. He was passionate about all T & F events. I had the honor to hear his voice while competing @ UCLA, Mt. Sac & USA Championships. Throughout my track career, I could recognize Scotts booming and knowledgeable voice from a mile away. Most importantly, he was a great and genuine human being who welcomed all people with an open arm. He was a star because people always stopped him at the lobby of the host hotels at track meets. And Scott made time for everyone.
While at UCLA I was fortunate to have his son, Scott Davis, Jr. as our team manager for the track team. My condolences are with his immediate family and his global track and field family.
Scott .may you rest in peace.