Longtime 'voice of the Utes' and former 2News anchor Bill Marcroft dies

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Bill Marcroft in an interview with 2News in 2004. (Photo: KUTV)

(UPDATE, 11/22/2020) - According to Marcroft's obituary, the cause of death was complications related to late-stage prostate cancer.

The family also announced that no memorial service will be held due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

(KUTV) - Bill Marcroft, former 2News sports anchor and the longtime radio announcer for the University of Utah, has died.

He broadcast sports games on the radio for 35 years before retiring in January of 2005.

The University of Utah says Marcroft called 440 football games and more than 1,000 basketball games during his career.

He called his first game as an Air Force broadcaster in Lybia in the 1950s. Marcroft didn't return to live calling until asked by then-2News sports director Bill Howard in 1966, according to the U.

Marcroft was remembered on Twitter by those who knew him, including 2News' Dave Fox:

"Back in (high school) I loved watching Marcroft deliver sports every night on Channel 2," Fox wrote. "Later a dream come true as a young sportscaster in my 20s when Bill welcomed me to KUTV Sports as an anchor back in '87. Spent hours listening to stories and talking to Bill! Great man! RIP Bill!"

U Football Coach Kyle Wittingham remembered Marcroft as "an icon of Utah Athletics."

He called Utah's football games from 1968 to 2004, and called Utah gymnastics meets for "a number of years" on KUTV and KJZZ, the U states. The home radio broadcast booth at Rice-Eccles Stadium is named the Bill Marcroft Radio Booth in his honor.

Marcroft was also the recipient of the Utah Sports Hall of Fame Foundation's distinguished service award in 2014.