The Texas Tech athletic community is mourning the loss of one of their most dedicated fans. For 15 years he was a favorite among students and coaches, and at 62-years-old Bob Curtis passed away after losing his battle with cancer Monday morning.
"He was at every single one of our games. He would come to the Big 12 Championship tournaments whether it was in Kansas or Dallas. He was always at our practices, and was just a great guy to be around," said Tanner Ogden, former Texas Tech Basketball player.
Known to all as "Bubba" and wearing a big floppy hat and overalls, he would set up his big smoker and cook for hundreds of Tech fans at all the tailgates, handing out the food for free. "He's a big man, weighs about 450, but he was a big fan and he had a big heart. One of the most generous men I've ever known," said close friend Corky Oglesby, a Red Raider Club member.
As football season kicks off this weekend, students say the games and tailgates won't be the same without Bubba.
"Since we've been cheering it'll be the first game he hasn't been at," said Texas Tech cheerleader Taylor Thomas. "He was really nice, just a big supporter of us."
His wife says he lived for the students and the games, and until the very end he was dedicated to being the very best Red Raider fan anyone could be.
"I went out to his house about two or three weeks ago to visit with him, and he was still saying man I hope I can get some football tickets. He was ready to go the games, and he wanted to cook," said Oglesby.
Bubba was truly one of the most loyal Texas Tech fans that ever was, and he will be greatly missed by many.
"He meant everything to the university; he meant everything to the students," said Odgen.
A memorial service will be held for Bubba on September 8 at 10 a.m. at the Victory Life Baptist Church.
A memorial fund has been set up in honor of Bubba. Donations can be made at any American State Bank – under the Robert Curtis "Bubb" Memorial fund.
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