Former Jacksonville journalist David Lamm CREDIT: Jacksonville Broadcasters Association

Sad news out of Jacksonville, as longtime journalist David Lamm has passed away at 78.

Lamm’s son confirmed the news on Facebook and the Florida Times-Union posted a retrospective of his career shortly after. Lamm started writing for the paper in 1977 before eventually leaving to focus on Jacksonville’s sports radio scene, of which he’s considered a pioneer.

During his time with the Times-Union, Lamm was promoted to sports editor and became a fixture at the Masters, NASCAR races in Daytona, the annual Florida Gators vs. Georgia Bulldogs football game, and countless other annual sporting events held in the region to go along with his regular attendance at Jaguars games.

From 1983-2015, Lamm worked for two different TV stations and two different radio stations in the Jacksonville area, with shows such as Lamm at Large and Sports Talk Live.

Jaguars play-by-play man Frank Frangie, who worked with Lamm at the Times-Union and later on the radio told Jacksonville’s News 4, “David Lamm was an icon. David Lamm was a pioneer. There is no sports radio in Jacksonville without David Lamm and I mean that very sincerely,”

Lamm was also a pillar in the community, starting “Santa Lamm” Christmas parties in 2004 and providing holiday gifts to nearly 5,000 kids in the time since. Additionally, he served as a mentor to young broadcasters throughout the area for years.

Lamm is survived by his wife of 58 years, two sons, and five grandchildren.

[Florida Times-Union, News 4 JAX]