TULSA, Okla. — University of Tulsa sports fans are mourning after a beloved fan, and sideline supporter, known as "Coach" dies.
TU confirmed David Bales passed away with 2 Works for You's Cayden McFarland. TU Athletics expressed Bales would be "sorely missed by all who knew him."
David Bales was a permanent fixture at TU basketball and football games for so many years. You knew when Coach Davey was in the arena and opponents knew as well –– throwing off his jacket, giving fist pumps, there is no doubt he was into the game. It wasn’t just TU games either, Davey could be seen all over the city of Tulsa. He probably had no idea how many lives he touched by just being Coach Davey. He will be sorely missed by all who knew him. We extend our deepest sympathies to David’s family. They are in our thoughts and prayers.
The funeral service for “Coach Davey” is at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 10, at Holy Family Cathedral, 820 South Boulder Ave.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent In Memory of David Bales to:
Special Olympics Oklahoma
6835 South Canton Ave.
Tulsa, Okla. 74136
Bishop Kelley High School, Inc.
3905 South Hudson Ave.
Tulsa, OK 74135
If fans care to send a sympathy card to the family, send to:
The University of Tulsa
c/o David Bales Family
800 South Tucker Drive
Tulsa, OK 74104-3189
Former TU coach Bill Blankenship tweeted about Bales' death, "Coach was a gentle giant of a man, a passionate and devoted fan, and incredibly loyal friend. Loved getting Coach’s high 5 and back slaps as we’d step off the bus. #AngelAmongUs."
WATCH: Former TU football coach remembers 'Coach'
Tulsans and sports fans remember Coach on the sidelines cheering on the team for years.
Bales had a long history in Tulsa, 2 Works for You Sports Director Cayden McFarland talked to the Bishop Kelley football coach, where Bales also attended games.
The OSU Assistant Basketball Coach Barry Hinson talked about seeing Bales in the community and what an impact he made during his life.
Former KJRH Sports Director Jason Shackleford also talked about how coach even came to his wedding!
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