Long-time Notre Dame announcer Jack Lloyd dies at 79

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John H. “Jack” Lloyd, III, who served as the Notre Dame men’s basketball announcer from 1964 through 1996, died Thursday, after a short illness, at the age of 79.

He also served as the football press box announcer for nearly fifty years, from 1966 through 2013.

Lloyd, who worked for, then took over the family insurance agency, also served as the public address announcer for the Notre Dame hockey and fencing teams, as well as for the Chicago Bears, Bookstore Basketball and the Bengal Bouts.

Born in Michigan City in 1936, Lloyd lived his entire life in South Bend.

In a 2014 story in the Notre Dame publication, "Strong of Heart,'' Karen Croake Heisler explained how Lloyd's opportunity to become the public address announcer for Notre Dame men’s basketball came about.

Lloyd’s father was close friends with John Jordan, the Notre Dame men’s basketball coach from 1951-1964, and he would often travel with the team, Croake Heisler wrote in a story for Notre Dame's publication, "Strong of Heart.''

Jack, who attended Campion High School, a Jesuit boarding school for boys in Prairie du Chien, Wis., would join his dad on a few trips when he was home for breaks. Through those travels Lloyd got to know John Dee, then an Irish assistant coach. When Dee replaced Jordan after the 1963-64 season, the new Notre Dame head coach asked Lloyd to take over the PA duties in the old Fieldhouse.

Then, in 1966, sports information director Roger Valdiserri asked Lloyd to serve as the football press box internal public address announcer.

“The only thing a person really has is his name,” Lloyd told Croake Heisler. “The least someone can do is take the time to say it correctly.”

“As much as I enjoyed doing what I did, I always looked at it as a job,” Lloyd said. “I tried to be professional. I focused on what I was doing and made sure I was always prepared.”

On Jan. 14, 1997, Lloyd returned to the Joyce Center microphone one last time when he received an honorary Notre Dame monogram.

Visitation will take place on Monday, Sept. 21 at Palmer Funeral Home (Hickey Chapel) on Ironwood Drive. A Mass of Christian burial will take place at St. Therese, Little Flower Catholic Church on Tuesday Sept. 22, 2015. In lieu of flowers, friends are asked to make contributions to the Foundation for the Center for Hospice and Palliative Care, Inc., 111 Sunnybrook Court, South Bend, IN 46637.

The Notre Dame men's basketball team is pictured during media day at Notre Dame Monday, October 11, 2010 (SBT File Photo)