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Late PA announcer Courtney honored before game


ANAHEIM -- When David Courtney died on Nov. 29, the Angels and the entire Southern California sports community lost a beloved member.

The Angels have not forgotten their former public address announcer -- a position Courtney held since 1994 -- and they remembered him with a moment of silence prior to Friday's game.

After the silence, Courtney's wife, Janet, threw out the ceremonial first pitch while his siblings, John and Carolyn, and mother, Mary, observed from beyond the pitcher's mound.

The family members all wore custom Angels jerseys with "Courtney" and the No. 19 across the back in tribute to his 19 years with the organization.

"It's just a really proud moment," Janet said. "He welcomed people here for a long time and it's just a great moment, and we are so proud that the whole family is here. It's lovely."

In addition to the Angels, Courtney announced for the NHL's Kings and NBA's Clippers. He also worked for the Los Angeles Rams before the NFL team departed for St. Louis.

"This wasn't a job for David," John said. "He was very fortunate. He said to me all the time 'I don't work for a living.' This was something he enjoyed doing and he would have done it for free."

When fans were not at the stadium they could hear Courtney on the radio, where he did traffic and sports updates.

Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Gonzo and "The Show", and follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez. William Boor is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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