Longtime San Antonio journalist Gary DeLaune passes away, family confirms

DeLaune was a well-known sportscaster and San Antonio news reporter

SAN ANTONIO – A longtime San Antonio journalist passed away early Sunday, his family announced on social media.

Gary DeLaune died at the age of 88 and left quite an impression during the span of his career. He covered news across the state, including in Dallas and San Antonio.

His children said he left a big impact on everyone he met, and his legacy will continue to live on.

“Dad lived a big life and genuinely found everyone he met amazing. He loved Jesus with all his heart, which was evident the way he loved everyone he met. One thing for sure we will be celebrating the incredible life he lived...,” his family said on social media.

Early this morning our Dad went home to be with Jesus. We feel his loss deeply, but are overjoyed thinking about the...

Posted by Gary DeLaune on Sunday, February 6, 2022

DeLaune’s career included sports reporting, San Antonio news, and covering one of the biggest moments in U.S. history -- President John F. Kennedy’s assassination.

RELATED: San Antonio radio reporter Gary DeLaune witnessed Oswald killing

This story was one of the biggest in his career and happened just three months after he got married, while he was working for KLIF radio in Dallas, according to a previous KSAT report.

He’s known as the first person to broadcast that Kennedy and the Governor of Texas, John Connally, had been shot while riding in their motorcade through downtown Dallas.

You can read more about that story here.

Funeral and visitation arrangements have not yet been announced. We’ll bring more updates as they become available.


About the Author:

Cody King is a digital journalist for KSAT 12. She previously worked for WICS/WRSP 20 in Springfield, Illinois.