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Former Rockies owner Jerry McMorris dies at 71

May 8, 2012, 6:01 PM EDT

Jerry McMorris AP

Jerry McMorris, who was instrumental in getting an expansion team in Denver, died Tuesday following a long battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 71.

“It’s a very sad day for the Rockies and for his family,” Rockies owner Dick Monfort said.McMorris, who built NationsWay Transport from scratch, was one of the Rockies’ original investors and CEO of the team from 1993-2003. He sold the controlling interest of the club to the Monfort brothers in 2005.

“Jerry was a friend to me,” Todd Helton said. “He wasn’t just the owner of the team. He was a genuinely good guy, a kind-hearted man. He went out of his way to make me feel like Colorado was my home. He kind of defined what this state is about all about. He made me feel like I was a part of Colorado.”

Patrick Saunders has a full obituary up at the Denver Post.

  1. cosanostra71 - May 8, 2012 at 9:54 PM

    RIP

  2. jdvalk - May 9, 2012 at 12:06 AM

    Horrific disease with terrible odds and too little funding going to its research. RIP.

  3. 303bengalguy - May 9, 2012 at 12:09 AM

    If Helton liked the guy and he was integral to Helton getting comfortable as a Colorado citizen/player then the entire state should be mourning the guy. Helton lives not too far from me I’m told, and he’s a man’s man and a great role model for everyone. That’s something to be thankful for alone.

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