Temple: Local sports broadcasting legend dies at 79

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TEMPLE, Texas (KWTX) The voice most familiar for decades when Temple sports teams were on the field was silenced Sunday with the passing of Gene Pemberton at age 79.

Pemberton for almost six decades could be found at any venue where Wildcats or Leopards or Crusaders were playing and for 28 of those years it was his crisp voice on the air describing the action on the field.

Pemberton also for years served as team chaplain for the Houston Astros and was a life-long friend of former Houston Astro’s owner Drayton McLane, whom Pemberton often remembered told him, “Do the best you can where you’re at with what you’ve got.”

“I’ve tried my best to follow that because my word is my bond.”

When he took the position with the Astros in 1997 he was the first full-time chaplain in Major League Baseball.

Pemberton’s funeral is set for 11 a.m. Saturday at Bethel Church in Temple, according to Pastor Elwyn Johnston.

Pemberton learned his love for football as a child when he’d play weekend pick-up games with legendary Temple football coach Bob McQueen.