DALLAS -- Former Stars great Mike Modano waited to find out on Monday whether or not he would be elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame. It is a subject that Richard Durrett would have enthusiastically written about on ESPN Dallas.
Instead, Modano, on the day in which he awaited his sport's highest honor, was among many who gathered at a Dallas church to remember Durrett, who passed away last week at the age of 38.
Durrett, who covered the Rangers for the past five years for ESPN Dallas amid his other versatile duties, was remembered and eulogized by family, friends and hundreds of others as a great father, husband and person, and as a journalist whose considerable talents allowed him to cover multiple sports, including baseball, hockey, golf, auto racing and college sports.
Joining Durrett's wife Kelly, son Owen, daughter Alice and other members of the extended Durrett family were athletes and officials from the Rangers, Stars, TCU and Texas Motor Speedway, completely filling the sanctuary at Northway Christian Church in Dallas. Also in attendance were dozens of journalists and colleagues from ESPN, the Dallas Morning News, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, FOX Sports, The Associated Press, MLB.com and other media outlets.
The industry-wide attendance represented the high esteem and respect Durrett carried both in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and nationwide, as well as the depth and breadth of his many assignments.
During a 20-year career that began as an undergraduate at TCU, Durrett worked as a reporter, broadcaster, columnist, blogger and sports radio talk show host. His professional career began as a play-by-play broadcaster for the Idaho Falls Braves in the Class A Northwest League and ended with him being a regular contributor on ESPN's "SportsCenter" and "Baseball Tonight."
The Rangers have set up a memorial fund to benefit the family, and contributions can be made online. Additional events benefiting the family are expected to be announced soon.
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.