We just finished listening to the final ASU Baseball game at Packard Stadium tonight and it made me think of Tom Dillon. We won tonight and it made me think of all those ASU games I heard Tom call on the radio. He was to me the best ASU ever had calling our games-especially football and baseball. I still have many of those games of that magical 96 season he called on cassette tape. I also had the good fortune of being interviewed by Tom at an ASU Baseball Camp that my Son participated in. I was in awe just talking to him and I still remember that interview that aired during an ASU USC Baseball game that same day on 620-we won that game too. I sure miss him calling all of our games and I will never forget the time he made me feel so good when he interviewed me. I still also remember his patented lines of "He's going, he's going, he scores!" or "You can turn out the lights my friend, this game is over." The good news is that Tom is in heaven having the time of his life serving our Good Lord. We still miss you and always will and Good Lord willing will see you again someday in Heaven. Maybe you can interview me again up there too! You are the best ASU play by play guy ever and thank you for being so kind to me when I got a chance to meet you.
fabulous basketball play by play. we almost got together, him on guitar/sing, me piano. he liked my description of his job as eye-mouth coordination. this was in 1980, he told me the funniest joke as of today, still. 2013. thx tom. c u soon.
You are loved and missed everyday.
My twin brother and I graduated with Tom at Cathedral(1961). We also played baseball with Tom. Mr. Dillon(Tom's dad) was a great guy. Tom could really rifle the ball to second base because he had a great arm as a catcher. Gilbert and I will miss him and we often think of him.
George and Gilbert Delgado(the cuates).
Tom was one of the great guys in radio, as a sportscaster and as a person. I had the honor of working with Tom for his last 10 years at KTAR. From his call of an ASU baseball blowout ("here we are at the boat races, its 16-2 Devils over USC in the 4th inning) to the "he's going, he's going HE SCORES", he made even the most mundane exciting to listen to.
I've been out of the biz for a couple of years, so I only found out today that Tom had passed.
My condolences to Bonnie and the family
I, too, was saddened by Tom's passing. I always enjoyed listening to his marvelous voice during broadcasts. It upset me when he was taken off of the mainstream Phoenix sports he covered. He is missed by us all.
My deepest condolences to Tom Dillon's family. I met Tom at Cathedral High School in El Paso my Freshman year (1959). He was the lead soloist for the Irishaire Choir under Mr. G, the Director. He was a born leader and encouraged me to try out for choir and school plays. From the 1961 CHS Chaparral yearbook: Thomas Anthony Dillon, born Kansas City, Kansas; Scholastic letter 9,10; Class secretary 9,10; yearbook staff 9,10,11; Shamrock newspaper staff 9,10,11,12;Class play 10;Irishaire Choir 11,12;Talent show 12; Baseball 9,10; School reporter.
A true Christian Brothers boy!
Dear Bonnie and Family,
We were deeply saddened to hear of Tom's passing. We really enjoyed working with him during Oakland A's Spring Training -- he was always so kind, with such a fun spirit, when he's bound into our office to collect the PA book for that day's game. I also remember talking to him about his flights up north. Our hearts go out to you during this difficult time...
We only met Tom briefly with Andre but know of his legacy and that he was a great man. Our prayers are with you and your family in this time of loss.
I gasped when I saw Tom's picture on the evening news! Please know my memory of him and being at your wedding will never dim. Keep well and stay strong, Tom would want it that way!
We always looked forward to hearing Tom's announcing of the Sports. Marty and Carolyn Benton, Mesa, AZ
Simply The Best,
Listened to Tom for all of his broadcasting years. I remember the Saturday night A.S.U games on one coast, and the Sunday morning Cards games on the other. I don.t know how he did it, but he was truly a proffessional. Grew up listening since I was a boy, you will be missed.
Dear Bonnie and Family,
i share in your grief. I pray you have friends and family to comfort and support you in the days ahead. My Richard died on November 21. He had been in the hospital for six weeks with infections following surgery. Rich often talked about Tom's visit to the Indy 500, and how exciting it was for us to hear Tom broadcast from a phone in our dining room, and mention our names! I know your children will surround you with love. Trust that Tom is in heaven and waiting for you there.
Our deepest heartfelt sympathy to the family of Tom Dillion. Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of loss.
Dear Cousin Bonnie,
We are so sad to hear this news and have you in our prayers daily. May God's peace which passes all human understanding keep your heart and mind safe in Christ Jesus.
We love you and send our deepest sympathy to you and the whole family.
Tom and Pat in Colorado
Sun Devil sports was never the same when Tom Dillon (the voice) quit doing the radio announcing (especially football and baseball) I would hope the ASU athletic department would choose to honor Tom in some fashion. If there is a place in heaven for sportcasters Tom will fill the position.
I first listened to Tom Dillon when I was in grade school ('70's). We huddled around the radio in Globe on Saturdays to hear Tom how the Devils were running, tackling, throwing, shooting the ball, batting, stopping the opponent and of course Scoring! We became endeared to the Devils, thanks to Tom. If the Devils lost, it was okay because Tom reported it like it happened and you knew the next game was a new chance. Tom conveyed the excitement of the possibility of each game, he described the fans, the weather, the coach's expressions, the shadows in Sun Devil stadium, the fans and the jubilation of a score, interception or defensive stop. When Tom said "Frank Kush" or "John Mistler" or "Mike Pagel", those people became real and they were as real as Tom was. The Dodgers have Vin Scully. The Devil family will always have and remember Tom Dillon. Bye Mr. Dillon and thank you so much
I was stunned, as many of us were to hear of this sad loss. He was the Voice of the Sun Devils for most of my life. I grew up knowing no one else. I stopped listening to the games when he left. I may not have known him personally, but I will dearly miss him. My love and prayers for you all!
I am so sorry to hear about Tom. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Memories of Tom will keep him close to you in spirit and thought and in your heart forever. We will always remember how he got Angel in the car so we could begin our trek to Oregon.
I'll remember Tom Dillon for his ability to create word pictures with his unique play by play style that blended the excitement of Tom "the sports fan" and Tom the "complete broadcast professional", who always "got it right"! His legacy will live on in the many lives that Tom helped along the way.
Dear Bonnie and family,
Our hearts go out to you for the loss of you dear husband, father, and grandfather. We hope you can cherish all the great memories and celebrate a life well lived. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Carol and Fred Marciano
Bonnie and Family,
You and Tom both are such wonderful people. Our prayers are with you. Tom will truly be missed in our lives.
I will never forget the fun we had in choir at Corpus Christi or the rehearsals. What a time we all had. I always think of you when I see my rosary you brought back from Rome, blessed by The Pope no less. I will never for get your voice and humor. May your family find peace in knowing that you are up there directing and singing your heart out in heaven. We can hear you down here!
as a kid growing up, just listening to
Tom doing games, would give me chills, he was the most awesome broadcaster ever!
Tom, you will be missed. I was so looking forward to hearing those words again "He scores" from my favorite asu sportcaster. my prayers and thoughts for your family.
My condolences to the family of a great man and the best play-by-play broadcaster New Mexico State University ever had. Tom, you once told me your dream broadcast would be the play-by-play for the Dallas Cowboys.....I'm sure you're up in heaven now fulfilling that dream. Thanks for giving me my knickname (Hammerin' Hal). I love you.
God bless you Tom.You were simply the best sports voice I have ever come across. A true professional and
and one of the great story tellers of all time (on & off the air). I'll miss you my friend .
My condolences to Mr. Dillon's entire family. I will always refer to Mr. Dillon's voice as the voice of ASU athletics.
So sorry to hear of Tom's passing. My condolences to Bonnie and his family. I was used to Hall of Fame broadcasters in the world of hockey.When I arrived in Phoenix I quickly came across a couple of more Hall of Famers. Al McCoy and Mr. Dillon.My only regret was not meeting him personally, but the "voice" I shall never forget. A true gentleman taken far too early. Rest in peace sir.
Don Caley( Scottsdale, Az. )
My condolences to the Dillon family. Being an avid Sun Devil fan, Tom kept me connected to the Devils for over 20 years. He was truly the best. I really loved the fall when we would get a double dose of Tom doing the Devils and Cards on the same weekend. He was always so gracious on the few occasions we met. Thanks for all the great memories!
Bonnie and Family,
I am truly sorry for your loss.
When I listen to ASU games on the radio I still think of Tom and that magic voice.
I also remember the game where ASU beat Nebraska. It was the day of my wedding and we were at our reception in Tucson. Some of my friends and myself snuck out to listen to Tom and got caught. My wife was very understanding because I was listening to it on the radio and not the TV. What a memory that I will cherish.
Tom Dillon you are a class act. Your calling of all ASU games especially baseball was the best. Your calling of the AZ Cardinal’s games will always be legendary. You made me feel like I was there. It is hard to pick a favorite but I think it has to be when Cardinal’s player Bernard Wilson picked up a fumble and ran it in for a touchdown. On the radio you kept calling he’s huffing he’s puffing he scores. Tom it was a classic. Rest in peace.
Tom was my FAVORITE ASU announcer. I did not have the good fortune to meet him but I know members of his family. I wish them all the best and God Speed. "Smack 'em right in the mouth" up there, Tom!
Tom was a great gentleman, I started keeping stats for him at all the Aggie games.. He was the best. We had some good times.. He will be missed by all that knew him! My prayers and thoughts are you the family..May God bless you all!
Lisa and Jen. I had the pleasure of knowing you girls and your Mom in the early 90s.There are no finer lady's than the three of you. My deapest sympathy to you and yours in the loss of your Dad.
I met Tom back in Las Cruces when we were in college at NMSU in the 60's, before his talents and hard work brought him all of these deserving alcolades. Even then, Tom's spirit of kindness and friendship showed that he was a gift to so many whose lives he would touch through the years. It saddens our hearts that Tom is gone from our lives but God had a bigger need for Tom at this time.
My sincerest sympathy and love to his precious family.
I first met Tom at Trio Fantasy Camp in2006 and again in 2007, Tom great bradcasters voice transitioned easily into singing, his singing of "Tomorrow is a Long Time" and "Hobo's Lullaby"were Camp highlights. I didn't know Tom well but I knew him well enough to know he was a fine man. Our paryers are with you at this most diifcult time.
Ed and Nancy Callahan
Lisa and Jennifer,
I was so saddened to hear of your dads passing. I have so many fond memories of CDS and Daysprig. My thoughts and prayers to you girls and your mom.
I first met Tom when I was the assistant sports information director at Washington State University when ASU joined the Pac-10. He was one of the most cordial, professional members of the media I have ever met. And there's no question of his love for the Sun Devils. In the 20-plus years since I left WSU I still had the good fortune to cross paths with him on occasion. And I was always greeted by the same warm welcome, big smile and hearty handshake. Once you knew Tom, you knew him for life. My sympathies go out to the ASU family, especially my colleagues and friends in the Sun Devils sports information office.
I will always remember tuning into an ASU basketball game when Tom first started broadcasting ASU sports. It was an absolute thrill to to follow the games thru a first class play-by play guy. Thanks for all the wonderful memories.
We will miss our "surprise" visits from Santa but will treasure the memory of him for all of our lives. Our deepest sympathies are with you. Sincerely, Jim, Jennifer, Lainey & Zach Talerico
I had the pleasure of working with Tom at both KOOL and KARZ. He was simply the best. He will be missed not only by sports fans but by his many friends.
Tom, your smiling face and laughing voice will be missed...enjoy your final flight as you soar above the clouds to touch the face of God.
Condolences to you Bonnie, and your family.
In this day when we don't always take the time to get to know members of the media from other parts of the country that we only see once or twice a year, Tom was one of those guys that you didn't want to waste the opportunity to run into to. I can't imagine someone enjoying their job anymore than Tom, which translated into loving his friends and family around him. He was truly an original.
Tom from all of us Sun Devil Fans up here in the Verde Valley we will miss you oh so much. It has been our pleasure for all the years you gave us. THANKS
I've known and admired Tom for more years than I care to remember. All the words and accolades have been said, but Mr. Dillon could ply his craft better than anybody. The people of Arizona have lost a true gentleman and fantastic friend and a great entertainer.
Tom always brought a smile to our face, he was always so pleasant and kind. Seeing Tom always was a bonus to our day...he will be greatly missed!! Although we have not known him long, he will forever hold a special place in our hearts and be missed! We pray for the family and their loss. Love, The Healys
Thanks Tom for being the springboard to my career in Radio-Tv. I remember the 3 hour drive to Corvalis Oregon in which you gave me every ounce of advice you could squeeze in. You will be missed and my prayers go out to your family.
Tom was a DJ in Las Cruces, N.M., who went on to be the voice of the New Mex. State Aggies during Lou Henson's first stint in Aggieland. I was just starting in newspaper. Now I've been at it 40-plus years in Las Cruces and El Paso, Tom's hometown, by the way. He was the first pro I ever knew, and I admire him a lot. There weren't a lot of Tom Dillons in sports radio/TV
He was always a very kind and caring man!
Tom was not only a great announcer but as an ASU athlete, he never used his voice as an opportunity to ridicule. It was a joy to run in to him from time to time over the last 20+ years, but I will always remember him for being the voice of Sun Devil Basketball and Baseball during my two years as a Devil.
Rest in Peace.
A good man, That always made the games exciting!!
I know you can hear us, cause i know i can hear you...the impressions you left will remain with all that you touched. Our family will never forget you, for the smiles you left, we will never forget you no matter where you.
Go in peace and know you have touch many lives.
Mark, Vicki, Casey & Coby Martinez
Great guy, great broadcaster. Always a smile. A privilege to know and work with him over the years.
Tom Dillon was a wonderful person who would go out of his way to help anyone. We have lost a truly great human being! My thoughts and prayers are with Bonnie and the rest of the family!
When I think of Tom a smile crosses my face, just as it did for 15 wonderful years broadcasting Arizona State football, basketball and baseball & Cardinals games together on KTAR. We shared office space, broadcast booths, long car rides, airplane flights, meals, you name it from 1982 thru 1996. Tom always had a joke to share, a "new" restaurant to try. Working alongside Tom was a pleasure. His tribute to me by shaving his head while I was undergoing my chemotherapy for lymphoma back in 1992 will never be forgotten. But, that was Tom. Meat, it was a great run. I just wish we could hear one more "he's goin', he's goin', he scores."
Thank you Mr. Dillion. I remember listing to you when i was a kid. You were the best play by play person i have ever heard. God spead Sir
The Abraham Family
Tom Dillon was a great broadcaster and a wonderful person. Our business has lost a friend and a real pro. The Valley was treated to some outstanding calls that will always be remembered.
NMSU AND LAS CRUCES WILL NEVER FORGET YOU.
I knew Tom so very long ago, first when he was a young sportscaster in Roswell, N.M., then later when he was the voice of New Mexico State University athletics. It was always a thrill to run across him during his years in Phoenix, to see that the talent and professionalism that he had in those early years had continued to grow. And even more importantly, it it's great to see that so many people in Arizona feel the same way about Tom as I did so many years ago. My sincere condolences to Bonnie and the family.
Mr. Tom Dillon introduced me to Sun Devil football way back when, and I will be forever grateful that the good Lord provided us with such an honorable and nice gentleman.
Listening to ASU football has not been the same since he left, I surely miss hearing his call of the games!
Rest In Peace my friend!
You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Scott and Bonnie
Lisa and Jennifer,
I think of Tom as first your dad and then as a great sportscaster. I remember when he went with the Girl Scout Troop camping. He seemed to forget that he was an important person but enjoyed being "just a Dad out with his girls". God be with you both and your mom at this difficult time.
Lisa and Jennifer I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your father....He was a great guy, and I am thankful I had the chance to meet him in my lifetime.
I had the privilege of spending some time with Tom during the 1998 College Wold Series. We rode to the ball park together and he took me to Zesto's for the best milk shake that I have ever had, prior to one of the games. He was a great guy, who could tell a great story and he will be missed.
Tom was such a gentleman and a consumate professional. Having the opportunity to work with him during his days at Channel 10 was such a blessing. My prayers are with his family whom he adored. There will never be another Tom Dillon. Sincerely, Mary Jo West
I lived in Phoenix for seven years in the late '80s/early '90s and always enjoyed listening to Tom Dillon on KTAR no matter which game he was doing. He was a joy to listen to.
My condolences to Tom's family. He will be missed.
Will never forget: "He's hit right in the mouth.. and dropped at the 44 yard line" and of course: "He scores! He scores!"
You will truly be missed by this Sun Devil... you were the best.
Lisa and Jennifer,
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your families. I'll always have fond memories of your father.
Tom, news of your passing came as a shock to me. As a Sun Devil, I shall forever miss that great voice of yours. Thanks for the memories.
As an ASU Alumni I feel your pain and grief. May your voice ring forever in our ears and hearts.
I had the great pleasure of meeting Tom at a meeting to support the stadium initiative. I was so tickled to meet the voice of my Cardinals. Nobody called a game better to my ears.
Condolences to the Dillon family. He was special indeed and will surely be missed.
Remembering your early days in El Paso, TX. The Lord be with you and your family.
As a lil' Sun Devil kid born in abd raised in Tempe....I'll always remember saturday afternoons playing nerf football outside the stadium waiting for the game to start. Dad had a motorhome w/speakers always tuned in to 620 and Tom Dillon. He voice was the best. My son grew up with Tom and the Cardinals and then with FSN. Memories are what I had of Tom. I'm glad that my father, my son, and myself were able to truly enjoy someone who's light came through the radio every Saturday. Thank you Tom. May the Lord bless your soul and your family.
He was truly one of the greatest announcers I have ever had the honor to hear. He will truly be missed.
You made me feel as if I was really at the game. Your
passion was contagious and your voice one of a kind. You will be missed.
Tom was the best!!!
My favorite saying by Tom was "here we go again" (or something close to that!) when the Cards would cough up the ball or do something stupid. He was a loyal play-by-by announcer but no homer. Loved listening to his broadcasts.
Sad day for Valley sports fans, and even sadder for those who know Tom personally.
His family will be in my prayers.
Tom Dillon has been part of my sports life since I was a young girl. I will miss your knowledge and intelligence.
A sad day for our family. Tom was a warm and friendly voice when we moved to the Valley in 1989; he inspired me to get through the day during some rough times in my life. I will always remember fondly being part of the chapter of his life that led to his meeting and later marrying Bonnie.
I rember when asu shut out neb and tom calling that game it was golden. He will be missed.
Thank you meat! I had the good fortune to work with you while you were at KTAR. I was just a young punk broadcaster who wanted to learn as much as I could. You were one of the great guys who spent time with me and taught me as much as I was willing to learn. You taught me humility and dignity. You taught me that compassion and being human far outweighed any talent that a broadcaster may or may not have. You taught me to treat everyone with respect. You helped me leave KTAR and "advance" my broadcasting career, and helped me when I walked away from radio. I've thanked you for all this help many times in the past, and will thank you again many more times in the future. You are a class act! Thank you!
Tom: your passing leaves so many waiting for your next radio broadcast in your amazing, perfect, radio voice. Bonnie, you are in my prayers for comfort and strength. Tom will be watching from the sidelines...
Plummer's on the 10! Plummer's on the 5! He SCORES! He SCORES!...
That voice...that personality...that passion...Tom WAS local sports. I only met him once, but he treated me like I was a beloved member of HIS family. I will never forget his distinctive voice.
Tom Dillion, you will be missed...Rest in Peace...
It has been a long time since I worked with Tom at Channel 10 Kool News. His relaxed attitude and easy laugh are still remembered. I pray the Lord's comfort on his family.
Phyllis Palacio Wright
You have been an important part of my life for decades, and you shall be missed. You made ASU sports alive and exciting. Blessings to your family.
For as long as I can remember listening to ASU and Cardinals games, I have heard Tom do a masterful job of broadcasting. I will miss his professionalism, humor, and knowledge of the sports he loved so much.
Rest in peace Meat! Hopefully the SUn Devils will lineup left to right across our radio dial this weekend and pull off a victory in your memory! All of ym condolences to your family. The SUn Devil Family will never be the same without this classy gentleman broadcasting for them!
I was so sad to hear of Mr Dillon's passing today. I have been going to ASU games since I was five, and have been a Cardinal fan my whole life. Tom was definitely the voice of the Devils, and the Cards. Some of my fondest memories of sports were listening to his broadcasts. God Bless Tom, you will be missed. Go Devils
Tom was such a shining star. A true gentleman who always had a true love of people and such a incredible love and respect for Bonnie. I will truly miss you Tom!
I am so saddened by this news of Tom's departure from this life. My memory of Tom, who I have not seen in almost ten years, are of a most down-to-earth, generous and joyful man. As a KTAR/K-Lite colleague, he made all of his friendships seem extremely important to him. This is true class and true charity. God Bless your family. May Tom's soul rest in peace, and may eternal Light shine upon him.
As the "namesake" of the location where Tom spent many hours, I now miss a dear friend. There always had to be at least one dinner and several refreshments in Omaha, but always a real kick to be around and a true gentleman. They say they come in threes, so I guess the ASU Sports Guys have lost their third. We will truly miss each of them in their own wonderful ways.
Guthrie Packard, Jr.
Tom seemed to be exceptionally talented at everything -- from sportscasting to flying, from singing to telling jokes. Most of all, to uplifting those around him by showing he truly cared about them. His compassion for others and love of life will always be remembered. Heaven just landed an MVP, and I suspect his good works will continue to be felt on earth.
Over the years, I too enjoyed listening to Tom broadcast ASU football games. I feel another era has passed but his talents will surely be passed on to every person who broadcasts ASU games. So long, Tom, you will be missed!
We first got to know Tom by his voice, then as a co-realtor to Bonnie and the most recent as Santa Claus. Always a gentleman! Thank you for blessing our lives and our childrens'. In Heaven - you can broadcast all you wish!
Jim Brock, ASU head baseball coach for 23 years, very much enjoyed working with Tom Dillon throughout the years. Tom was both fair and professional in his post-game interviews; he knew just how to handle the situation, especially after a painful loss. We admired Tom so much when he shaved his head in support of his co-announcer Greg Schulte who was then fighting cancer. He was just a great human being. My prayers to his wife and girls. And remember, now he and Jim have the best possible seats for ASU sports.
I knew Tom in grade school and high-school as he launched his first band. I send my love and condolences to his family and sweet sisters Mary Anne,Gina and Maggie. We will miss him and his wonderful voice!!
Tom Dillon; the only man that could walk in to any situation and change the atmosphere of the room with one of his many long winded jokes. It's not often in life you get the opportunity to work with a legend such as Tom who doesn't impose his ego on you. Tom was not only a friend & mentor to me, he was also very special to my wife and children. Tom, I can still see myself standing next to you as you make one of your memorable calls; "He's at the 10! He's at the 5! He scores!" I hope you can hear us calling up to you, "You scored big, buddy." Bonnie, we will always be there for you. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the rest of the family.
i was shocked to hear of tom's passing. i so enjoyed, all of my family did as well, listening to tom for so many years. he was just my age. my sympathies go out to bonnie and the girls sheila bateman
We're losing too many of the great ones!
Tom Dillon was truly an institution as a broadcaster. He was also a great guy.
He was the perennial MC for our NFF Scholar-Athlete Banquets and always did a superlative job. I would often hand him the script as he walked in the door, and he always delivered it without a hitch.
Our Chapter nominated Tom for the Chris Schenkel Award that the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame annually presents to a top college sportscaster. Chris was a good friend of mine who never let his fame go to his head, and I would put Tom in the same category. I shall continue to lobby on Tom's behalf because he deserves to be recognize as one of the best in the business.
Dear Bonnie and Family, we send our heartfelt and deepest condolences for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
God Bless you Bonnie, The DiCaprio Family
Jennifer and Lisa,
So sorry to hear the sad news about your Dad. He was a great Man, Father, and was so well known in broadcasting since we were little girls. My thoughts and prayers are with you and Bonnie at this time of mourning.
Thanks for all the memories Tom. Godspeed.
Tom Dillon was my favorite sports announcer period. I grew up listening to Al McCoy, Jack Buck, Brad Scham, Harry Carey, and many more. I always felt that we had the best one of them all right here in Sun Devil Country. His passion and no hold barred descriptions were legendary. No matter the game situation Tom was entertaining to listen to. Some things in life just really put things into perspective. Hearing of his passing really makes me realize what a big part of my childhood he was. Tom you will be missed dearly. My condolences to your family.
Tom , you were the best! It was a privilege to work with you while I was at ASU. May your family find peace. Your voice will live on in the hearts of many. Larry Marmie
I was one of the lucky ones who got to work with Tom Dillon. In recent years our summers over here have been special, because Bonnie and Tom would come over for a month.
"Voice" also was the best lector at St. Andrews in Chandler on Sunday mornings, and he will always be the best play-by-play guy the Cards will ever have, on Sunday afternoons.
May he rest in peace.
Tom you are a legend in broadcasting and a part of Sun Devil and Cardinals lore. You will always be remembered for that distinctive voice and telling it like it is. God bless the Dillon family.
My condolences to the Dillon family.
I can't express how wonderfull it was to listen to Mr. Dillon broadcast the ASU games on the radio. Cable tv of today will never live up to it. Thank you!
Tom was our words eye view back in the day when the Sun Devils were not shown on TV much. He called ASU and Cardinal games with love for the game and it came out over the air waves. Thanks Tom for your Awesome calls. You will be missed. My prayers to the Dillon Family. God speed Tom.
I recall going to the ASU games and some games we stayed in the parking lot at halftime and listened to the second half just to hear Tom make the calls. I missed his voice calling those games and wished he was still there. You will be missed.
I remember Tom Dillon calling New Mexico State basketball when I was growing up in Las Cruces in the early 70's. Always got a kick out of Tom when he said.. "he hippity-hops across the time line"....
I will dearly miss the man I consider the ultimate gentleman, an absolute professional, a true role model, and someone I have admired and respected since the day I met him. Bonnie, my heart, love and prayers go out to you and your family. We have lost a great one.
Tom was and always will be the Voice of the Sundevils. He was the best.
I worked with Tom at KTAR in Phoenix from 1989 to 1999.
He was a class act & always had a funny story or joke to tell.
He taught me how to karaoke. He not only had a distinct TV & radio voice, but he was a hell of a singer! And a good pilot.
My heart goes out to Bonnie & all of Tom's legion of fans.
He will be missed.
Here's to you, Meat!!!
To The Dillon Girls and Family-My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. I remember growing up with your Dad working for the Devils. May you have peace in the days ahead.
You will be missed, and I will never forget listening to your calls of the Cardinals games when that was all we had to get the home games live back in the day......Your calls are so memorable and I will always remember the great moments through the years, I grew up listening to you.....The original voice of the Cardinals....
I got the the pleasure sing with Tom at Corpus Christi church choir in Ahwatukee. Tom I'll always remember you telling me how much you loved to be a sportscaster. Thanks for taking time to talk to me.
May God bless you and your family.
I worked with Tom at KTAR some time ago. Tom's kindness, sense of humor and friendship I will always remember. I had the pleasure of taking my first private plane flight with Bonnie & Tom. I never forgot that incredible day, seeing AZ from the sky and remembering Tom's enthusiasm and love of piloting. I also attended Tom & Bonnie's wedding and remember it fondly and how touched I was to be invited. My blessings and prayers to the Dillon family. Tom was a friend, a mentor and a true broadcasting legend.
Not only was Tom a first class talent in the booth, he was always good for a laugh! Ill never forget when he trained with Jude Lacava for a bike ride down to Tucson that needless to say challenged Toms athletic ability. My prayers go out to Bonnie and the rest of Toms family. Tom joins an elite group of Bill Denney, Steve Pascente, Steve Schoenfeld, Bob Eger, Bob Moran, and Lloyd Herberg as great Arizona sports media icons who have left us to soon.
I had the opportunity to sit at Tom's table at a Kick off dinner for the annual holiday basketball tournament ASU would host at the Acitivity Center. Here I was a measly freshman Athletic Dept volunteer and he treated me with the same respect as any of the others in the room. He told great stories about Kush, Kajikawa, Brock, and other great ASU coaches he met in his career. He is the reason I changed my major to broadcasting and pursued a career in radio. His call of the 97 Rose Bowl is something I will never forget.
Wow, where do I begin...ASU...My Cards. Your the reason I got in trouble at church sometimes , listening to you broadcast with my old school headphones under my hat and coat in the middle of summer. I will miss your calls, you were spectacular. From my family to yours...God Bless. You'll be missed. peace
In the 1980s I was a 26-year-old transplant to Arizona from a tiny Minnesota radio station, who was lucky enough to get hired to work for KTAR promotions -- which often revolved around ASU sports. So I got to meet and work with Tom. With no family of my own in Arizona, Tom and his family took me under their wing. That was certainly not something a successful, busy talent at the peak of his career had to do -- but it is an example of how "real" he was. So, while his talent as a sportscaster was clear to all, I was fortunate to also catch glimpses of how he was as a dad with his daughters. He adored them! Tom, thank you for all the joy you brought to so many sports fans through your incredible talent. And thank you, most of all, for the joy you gave to friends and coworkers through your zest for life, sense of humor and your care and concern for others.
As a young ASU graduate I had the great opportunity to work in the broadcasting booth alonside with Mr. Dillon. He was amazing and I always felt that he was a great mentor for many of the ASU Journalism Graduates. He will always be the "voice" of ASU football for many of us.
Bonnie and family
I am so sorry for your loss I think of you both so often. Tom taught my son Hunter to mow a rental with an old fashion lawnmower and met my dad. He was very special as you are also to me.
I had the pleasure of doing The Morning Show on KTAR when Tom was the voice of the Sun Devils and the Cardinals. Many Monday mornings Tom would land from an East Coast game and barley make his first broadcast. He neve missed one. We would laugh because he's the only person who brought more bags with him than I did. He was the best and never should have left the broadcast booth.
Bill Heywood (former radio guy)
As an ASU broadcasting student and then working in radio, I enjoyed Tom's great work. He was a credit to his profession. May God comfort his family and friends at this difficult time.
I was shocked and saddened like so many to hear of Tom's passing. I first met him in 1999 at a Cardinals game. During that first meeting Tom was so gracious with the "new guy" in town. That continued until his passing. Both ASU and the Cardinals were blessed to have Tom's amazing talents for so many years. He'll have the best seat in town for Saturday's ASU-UofA Duel In The Desert. Bless all of those he left behind, he'll be missed.
Growing up in Phoenix, I will always have fond memories of Tom covering the Sun Devils and Cardinals. He was a great man who dedicated his best years to something we all love. He will forever be part of Sun Devil lore and will be regarded as one of the best! My sincerest condolences and prayers go out to his family. We will miss you Tom!
To the Entire Dillon Family and ASU Family my sincere condolences. I grew up listening to Tom for the Sun Devils. He was A GREAT ICON to the valley broadcasters. There will be no others like him. R.I.P.
God Bless ASU
We are so sorry for this loss. Tom was a wonderful guy and deserved all the praise he has received. As the former owners of the Bike Masters dealership in Chandler, we worked closely with Tom on the wonderful commercials he did for us -- an instantly-recognizable voice that our customers appreciated & came to expect whenever they heard the name of our store on the radio. Bless you, Tom; you will be missed by many.
My dearest Tom. I only really had the chance to know you as a great real estate agent at Keller Williams Realty East Valley. We will miss you dearly! You had the biggest smile and heart! Our hearts go out to Bonnie, Chris and your two girls. Give God a good run for his money when it comes to sportscasting. We Love You A Lot!
When I came to the valley 14 years ago it was Tom's voice I heard doing the ASU baseball games. His enthusiasm got me interested and I have followed the team ever since. There were many times when the teams he broadcast for were not doing that well but I tuned in anyway just hear Tom. My thoughts and prayers are with the family and all who mourn his passing.
To Bonnie and Family, We send to you our deepest condolences. ASU sports will never be the same with out the voices of Tom Dillon and my father Bob Eger. Our prayers are with your family.
I can see Peter at the gates of heaven coping Tom's announcing style with "he's going, going,going, he scores" as Tom enters through the gates.
We will miss you Tom
Our condolences to Bonnie and the family. It was wonderful growing up hearing his voice broadcasting my teams play. We had the honor of meeting Tom when we became his first house sale. Later that year he came to our house as Santa Claus for our kids. Truly a wonderful man!
It's always hard to lose someone who was so special. Tom meant so much not just to ASU and the Cardinals but to the state of Arizona. He will be sorely missed. As a former ASU player I will never forget the laughs he and I had before an ASU game. I am sure we will never forget the excitement and passion in his voice when he screamed "HE SCORES!" three times after Jake scored his touchdown in the Rose Bowl. It still sends chills down my back when I hear it. God Bless Tom and his family.
May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed rest in peace, Amen. My thoughts and prayers are with Bonnie and all of Tom's family. I never knew when I would run into Tom--in an airport in LA, at Gammage--but he always had a big smile on his face. He was so giving and so full of life. We E-mailed weekly. I just cannot believe he is gone. I am shocked and bereft. I will offer Mass for the Dillon family this week. God bless and comfort you. Boomer
I was one of the lucky ones who had the opportunity to work with "the Voice" for eight years. Donna and I will treasure the memories of our dinners with Tom and Bonnie when they came out here for their annual summer visits. St. Andrew's Parish never had a better lector on Sunday mornings, and the Cards never had a better broadcaster on Sunday afternoons. May his wonderful soul rest in peace.
I grew up listening to Tom as a child, then had the pleasure of working around him as an adult. He was always welcoming and had great stories to tell.Things have changed greatly recently in T.V. and Radio, now even more! RIP
Tom was the best. Only someone who loved his job would do a Sun Devil game on Saturday and then fly all night to do the Cardinals game the next day. A true professional with a great gift. We miss you.
To the Entire Dillon Family my heart felt condolences. Growing up here in Phoenix, I grew up listening to Tom for the Sun Devils & Cardinals. He was by far the best broadcaster here in the Valley & he will truly be missed. Tom, thank you & God Bless.
The Diveley Family
I grew up listening to Tom Dillon in Las Cruces, N.M. He was the "voice" of the New Mexico State University Aggies. He then went on to ASU and was sorely missed. We will miss you Tom! My prayers are with you and your family.
God Bless Tom!
In my lifetime,he was the best Sun Devil Announcer of all time!! Simply the best!
Will never forget you Tom!! Thanks for it all!!
Tom was one of the greatest sportcasters I ever enjoyed listening to. While I did not hear his great call from the Rose Bowl because I was there at the game, it is one of the calls he will ong be remembered for. To the Dillon family, my heart goes out to you in this time of grief. Tom is now in a better place calling some of the greatest games yet to be played. We will miss you Tom.
Mrs. Dillon, What a great loss for you and the ASU family. I am a long time ASU booster. Over the years I had moments to chat with Tom, up at Camp the year he lost so much weight, and during ASU basketball seasons. We truly will miss him. God speed.
Tom was the consummate pro. Always greeting you with a smile, his talent behind the mic was without peer. The Valley lost a sportscasting icon and the Valley sports scene lost one of its finest voices. My wife and I had the privilege of attending Tom and Bonnie's wedding as they each opened up new chapters in their lives. Our thoughts and prayers are with her at this most difficult time. We'll miss you Tom, but heaven just gained an incredible talent.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Dillon Family. Growing up in Tempe and being a third generation Sun Devil meant being very familar with Tom and his devotion to the profession he loved. It was always most enjoyable to watch the game on TV with the sound off and Tom Dillon on the radio.
Godspeed, Tom Dilllon. Peace to all the Dillon family and friends.
May the Heavenly Father give you and your family peace and comfort. Tom was man of excellence and had a heart of gold. Much love, Cindy
With our deepest condolences to Tom's friends and family.The valley will be a sadder place without him.Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Away from the microphone where Tom was one of the best sportscasters Arizona has ever had - in baseball, our local version of Vin Sculley - he was also an accomplish guitar player and loved the Kingston Trio.
On ASU baseball road trips to Southern California Tom always made it part of agenda to stop in a place in Marina del Ray to hear a harp player and would say he wished he had learned to play that instrument too.
They have harps in Heaven, don’t they?
This is truly a sad day for the entire Arizona State community. As a native of Phoenix, I have listened to Dillon my entire life and he truely was the greatest sportscasters ever. Games will never be the same without Dillon. My entire family is sadened by this tragic news. We send our very best wishes to the Dillon family and entire ASU community. Beat UofA this weekend for Dillon boys, GO DEVILS!!!!!!!!!
To me you will always be the voice of Arizona Football. You were our connection to the Cardinals at home during the blackout days. You were the voice and history of ASU football during the Rose Bowl runs.
You had a talent for painting a picture of a game so clear it was like we were there. Many a time we turned down the TV Broadcast and tuned in to hear your voice instead. Had you been in a bigger market you'd be remembered as the Vin Sculley of football.
Thank you for the great memories.
Thank you Tom for the many enjoyable years of service to the community and the broadcasting industry. You set a standard of excellence for all to emulate. You are fondly thought of and will be greatly missed. Our prayers and thoughts to your family & loved ones. May you eternally rest in God's peace and may all who love you find comfort in the Lord.
Tom, may you rest in peace! I remember as a kid going to the games with my dad listening to his voice on the radio. Tom you are truley Forever the Voice of my Sun Devils!!
As many have written, Tom will always be the voice of the Sun Devils. I treasure the memories of listening to the games and was fortunate to call him friend. I'll never forget the flight to see the Cardinals in Flag and Devils in Payson with Tom as the pilot. Tom will truly be missed.
Tom - You ARE the Voice of the Sun Devils. Your voice has been missed for a long time but your memories will carry on forever. They don't come any better. My prayers go out to your family in this time of great loss. May you rest in peace.
Tom Dillon was the reason I listened to ASU sports growing up. It is a real shame and he will be missed. I know that sports fans here in Phoenix will look him up in heaven or at least want to listen to him broadcast that hall of fame football game that is played every weekend up there. God Speed and my condolences to you Mrs. Dillon.
Jim Dwyer (Phoenix, AZ)
As a resident of the valley since 1972, my earliest memories of ASU football involve the voice of Tom Dillon. He was always clear, discriptive, and professional. When he left broadcasting, it was a sad day for me. Now that he has left us completely, I am saddened again. God Bless his family, may he rest in peace...
tom, may you rest in peace...i'll always remember you in doing sports for krod tv in el paso texas,it was a sad day then when you left us to come to arizona..thanks for the memories....
I'll remember Tom as a pinnacle of ASU sports and I believe he was simply the best damn broadcaster I've ever heard.
It was a tradition in our home to always turn down the sound on the television and turn up the radio to listen to Tom Dillon's play-by-play of ASU sports. Just a couple of years ago, I ran into him at a high school football game. We spent some time reliving all of the great moments of Sun Devil football. That's a memory I will always cherish....
Thank you, Tom, for being a huge part of my childhood. Saturdays were never the same when you left the Sun Devil broadcast booth. You will always be the voice of the Sun Devils! Rest in peace.
Tom, you will always be in the hearts of all sports fans as "The Voice" of the entire football nation of Arizona State University and the Arizona Cardinals. You are now on God's broadcast stage. Peace be with you.
Average play by play guys are a dime a dozen. Great play by play guys are not. Tom was one of the GREAT ONES. He will be missed.
It's rare you get an opportunity to work with someone who inspired you to get into your field in the first place. I'm glad I got the opportunity to work with Tom Dillon, even though it was only for a short time. You will be missed Tom. My thoughts are with your family.
I remember sitting in ASU stadium when I was a kid. I watched the game but listen to Tom on a Walkman radio. He was the best, and he will be missed. My prayers go out to his family and friend.
Tom, you gave so much to so many people....your talent, your experiences, your friendship, and your loyalty. You will be missed big time. God bless you!
Condolences to the Dillon family.
Thanks for the great memories, Tom! I grew up a Sun Devil fan listening to your voice.
As a junior high kid 20 yrs. ago, I did a research project on the career of "sportscaster". I called you, my favorite sportscaster, and you agreed to let me interview you about your job. You managed to squeeze me in for a few minutes between your KTAR sports updates, and were very nice and engaging on the phone. Made my project so memorable!
Thanks again, Tom!
I can still hear his voice; Tom Dillon will always be a part of the life blood of every Arizona sports fan. RIP, Tom and to the family, may you find peace and consolation.
Thank you Tom for the many enjoyable ASU games you brought to life for me. Today is sad day for Sun Devils Nation. My best to your family. Today is a day for Sparky to take a knee. Goodbye Mr. Dillon.
I enjoyed driving around for work and listening to Tom call the Cardinals and ASU games. By all accounts, he seemed like a great guy and I wish that I had known him. My sympathy to his family and friends.
Our loss is heaven's gain. The folks up there are in for a treat when Tom shares those great jokes. We will miss you. Bonnie, you are in our prayers. God bless.
A great loss stretches all the way here to Georgia. I grew up in Arizona listening to Tom Dillon call Cardinals and ASU games as a teenager and aspiring broadcaster. I got to meet him in 1998 as I was working at Sun Devil Stadium as a member of the videoboard team. He was very humble when I told him how much I admired his work and how much I enjoyed listening to him on the radio. I was very lucky to be in the same broadcasting area with him in Packard Stadium calling ASU Baseball games for KASR-AM. He was one voice who inspired me to get into Radio & Television. Thank you, Tom Dillon, for all the great memories you provided me as a listener. May you forever be happy and enthusiatic in heaven as you were in the broadcast booth.
I grew up with Tom Dillon as the voice of ASU and was bummed when he left but glad he resurfaced with the Cards. One of the best I've ever heard!! I pray the Lord blesses the family at this sorrowful time!
He and Al McCoy will always be the "voices of AZ sports" in my mind, they really have been the very best throughout the years.
My condolences to his family and friends, he is gone too soon.
I enjoyed working with Tom and listening to him for many years. Great voice, great storyteller and a truly class human being. This Valley and the sports scene are both much the poorer for Tom's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.
I had the pleasure to meet you several times and I always thought you were at the pinnacle of your profession. You will be missed. No one called a game like you. Now you can call God's game!
my best to tom's family...hearing his voice on asu games is one of my great childhood memories...he will be missed
Dear Bonnie, You are held close in thought and prayer by so many. Thank you for the many times you and Tom shared with me. I loved working with Tom and getting to know you at various KTAR and community functions. To you and your family - my sincerest condolences. Our community is poorer today - while life beyond is richer. Blessings to you all.
Tom Dillon was tremendous.....as a broadcaster, as a Sun Devil, as a colleague and, above all, as a friend. I know many share my grief at this horrible news. He will be sadly missed and remembered with love.
Growing up in the Valley, I used to listen to ASU football games all the time on the radio with Tom Dillon on the call. What a superb announcer he was. Best wishes to his family. He will be missed greatly.
Tom, you will be missed. I will never forget your calling of the ASU-Nebraska 19-0 game. I was stuck at work, not able to attend the game. Wow, did you call a great game. Like so many other games you called, you made the game exciting to listen too. I felt like you were a friend sitting next to me cheering on the Devils as I was. Your voice speed would change with the development of the play which made us feel the game on the radio. You will be missed sir.
God bless you and your fine, fine family.
Eric in Tucson.
My favorite Tom Dillion memory was his great call of the Chuck Cecil famous run back of 106 yards. Tom was a class act, and will be missed.
You left many great memorys for all of Arizona. Thank you
Tom was the best in the business. I'm sorry that my sons never heard him call a game. His passion came through the speakers and I truly miss "watching it on the radio". Take care Dillon family.
I enjoyed working with Tom on several ASU broadcasts. He was a kind man and a fine broadcaster. This is a sad day. Condolences to his family.
Thank you for the memories, you will truly be missed. The tour won't be the same without you. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.
As a kid growing up I listened to a-lot of CARDINAL games! I'm 26 now but the memories of his distinct voice saying,"You can go ahead and put this in the deep freeze..or ICE BOX" when the Cards won was always comforting! Tom Dillon will ALWAYS be the voice of the CARDS & DEVILS in my book! Prayers and condolences to the family of the GREATEST PLAY-BY-PLAY man football has ever known!!
I'm sorry to hear of Tom's passing. He had one of the greatest radio voices I've heard. He was professional, gave you a vision of what was happening, and freely gave his opinion. I liked him a lot.
Tom was a great sportscaster who knew his stuff!! I met him a few times and he was a pure gentleman. He'll be missed
Our condolences and prayers. Tom was taken too young. Tom's voice, as well as that of Tim Healey, represents Sun Devil athletics to me. Much like the fact that I miss hearing Jeff Munn's voice at Suns games, I'll miss hearing Tom's.
Growing up in Phoenix and listening to Cardinals games on the radio, as most were not televised because of the black-out restrictions, Tom Dillon's voice brought those games to life for me. I hope the memory of his voice and the passion he had for his profession, keeps his memory alive for those in his family and for the rest of us who considered him a part of our families as well.
Our deepest sypathies to Bonnie and her family. Tom was a giant among men and will truly be missed. He will be doing play by play now for the real "Angels" in heaven. May God bless you in this time of sorrow.
Thank you for all the good memories Mr. Dillon. You will be truly missed.
Tom was known as the voice of ASU football. People would come to the game and bring their radio because he called the game so much better. I offer my sympathies to his family in his passing.
So very sorry to hear of Tom's passing. We'll always have great memories of Tom. For me, an especially great memory was listening to Tom on the radio (with all of my coworkers) as the Cards kicked their way into the playoffs, on a field goal, back in '97. I've never forgotten that.
Tom, you will be missed. It was a pleasure to have had the oppertunity to know you for a short time.
God bless you and your family. Tom was always a joy to hear.
I am just a local valley die hard sports fan. I grew up listening to Tom Dillon, and will never forget him. A true gentleman of a person, and he announced that way as well. My prayers and best wishes to his family.
Many years ago Tom was kind enough to broadcast Little League's 'Big League Softball World Series' games back to the girls' hometowns from Riverview in Mesa. As Chairman of the Publicity Committee for the Series I was fortunate to work with him and get to know him. I was very touched by the fact that someone who broadcast professional sports events would take the time to make it possible for the families of these teenagers to hear their games all over the country. He was a gentleman and a professional.
You will be missed, I remember listening to ASU games on the radio with my mom and dad. Tom, you brought an excitement that is unmatched. I felt like I was right there in the stands. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. RIP
I had the pleasure of meeting Tom face-to-face while attending the ASU scrimmage at Camp Tontozona. He was a very pleasant individual and cordial to being approached by a total stranger who knew him only as "the voice of the Sun Devils". I really enjoyed his broadcasts never got over him leaving the booth. ASU football has never been the same without Tom. Please accept my sincerest condolences.
Brent Roseberry, Mesa, Arizona
Great memories. A part of Sundevil history. We'll miss him. Prayers with your family.....
He truly will be missed. I can remember listening to the games as a kid with my father while on hunting and camping trips. He made the games seem so real and it was easy to imagine I was there. I was sad to see him leave as the voice of Arizona State and he truly was a class act. My prayers are with his family.
For a generation of Sun Devil fans he was and will always be the voice of Sun Devil athletics. Thanks for bringing the games to me (and countless others) over the AM waves until I could get to ASU and see them in person. Condolences to the Dillon family and his close friends.
Having known Tom for quite some time, I will miss our sessions on the old days - Frank Kush and his Sun Devils. Tom was an awesome person to have known, and it was my honor and privilege to have known him.
Always enjoyed his play by play! Prayers are with your family!
I will miss his voice! Always paid attention when he did the game.Sorry for his passing