Sports Information Director Lawrence Fan Unfortunately Passed Away
We just received the tragic news that CoSIDA Hall of Fame inductee and longtime sports information director Lawrence Fan passed away today (February 23, 2022) at the age of 59. May the legend rest in heaven.
The heartbreaking news was confirmed by many official sources; San Jose State Spartans shared the news in a statement posted on Twitter, announcing, “We are saddened to share that longtime sports information director Lawrence Fan has passed away at the age of 67. More information will come soon on the celebration and recognition of Lawrence’s life.”
He had served in sports information and media relations at San José State University since July 1980. Since 2019, he was selected as an associate athletics director for football communications and special projects.
Lawrence first entered the Spartans as the sports information director (SID) for men’s athletics. When the men’s and women’s athletics departments merged in 1987, he assumed the duties of SID for the entire program.
He had worked with the Bay Area media in many capacities such as arranging interviews for all Spartan athletes as well as the spokesman for San Jose State Athletics.
He was the primary contact for football and did the same for many other Spartan sports during his tenure. He coordinated the Heisman Trophy campaign for former Spartan quarterback Mike Perez during the 1987 season.
Fan additionally coordinated all publicity for the three women’s golf NCAA Championships (1987, 1989, 1992). He handled all the publicity for the 1996 men’s basketball team that won the Big West Tournament and played top-seeded Kentucky in the first round of the 1996 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament.
Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends, fans, and all of his loved ones on these challenging days. You can also leave a condolence message below the comment box to honor him. Fans widely ask, “what happened to him?” So if you have any related information about his passing, please share it with us.
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Lawrence Fan Passed Away, Fans Widely Reacted
Celebrities’ death news always break many hearts; however, fans remember memories, and their idols are alive in their mind even after death.
Here we collected some of Lawrence Fan’s friends, fans, and loved ones’ reactions to the news, including the heart-touching tributes they posted on social media.
Marc J. Spears wrote, “Thank you Lawrence Fan for the love you showed me, @SJSU. No one loved San Jose State more than Mr. Fan. He will forever be missed and @SJSUAthletics will never be the same without you. Felt in my heart something was wrong when he wasn’t at the @SJSUAthletics game today. Love you.”
Someone said, “So sorry to hear about the death of Lawrence Fan, the sports information director at San Jose State for the past 42 years. He was also a huge pro wrestling fan dating back to the 1960s.”
A fan stated, “Tough to hear this. I was once dispatched to cover the NCAA women’s golf championship in La Quinta. Didn’t have a clue about women’s college golf. But I had Lawrence Fan on hand to steer me in the right direction while the Spartans took second place.”
Another tweeted, “RIP Lawrence Fan. Lawrence Fan has worked in sports information and media relations at San José State University since July 1980. Since 2019, he was named an associate athletics director for football communications and special projects. He was 67.”
Jimmy Durkin penned, “Truly can’t believe he’s gone and can’t picture @SJSUAthletics without him. Have long felt the SJSU press box should be named the LawrenceFan Press Box. Wouldn’t be surprised if that happens soon. He will be missed.”
Marcos Breton tweeted, “My God, I am just gutted to learn this. LawrenceFan was the SID at @SJSU since 1980. He was SID when I was an undergrad in 1985. No one loved @SJSUAthletics more than him. He was pure class, a true gentleman, a noble heart, a wonderful soul. RIP to Spartan Legend. #SpartanUp