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Bill Nixon

Bill Nixon

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Bill Nixon, 82, died Friday, Dec. 10, 2004, in Tucson. He was born Sept. 1, 1922, in Marinette, Wis., and moved to Arizona in 1943.

He was a sportswriter for the Arizona Republic and the Phoenix Gazette. He covered a wide range of sports at the professional and collegiate level.

His journalism career began in 1944 as a sportswriter for the Arizona Daily Star, then the Arizona Times and then he moved to the Phoenix Gazette, where he worked for the next 10 years. He covered sports full-time starting in 1969, writing about Northern Arizona University.

He had a stint in radio and television for six years starting in 1973, then returned to the Phoenix Gazette until he retired.

He was past president of the Phoenix Press Box Association and the Arizona State Press Club. His writing earned him many recognitions and awards.

He was a little league coach in Prescott, Flagstaff and Tempe.

He is survived by his wife, Marion; three daughters; one son; six grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.

A memorial service will be 3 p.m. Friday at Sacred Heart Church in Prescott, 150 Fleury Ave.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Lumberjack Athletics Association, Football Scholarships, Northern Arizona University, 1 Skydome Drive, Flagstaff, AZ 86011.

— Arizona Daily Sun

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