Dan Marries, left, with his dad, Kurt, and brother, Donny, at Tucson's VA Hospital. "The folks down there made me feel like I was one of them," Kurt Marries says of the way Tucson rallied behind him through Facebook posts. On Friday Marries posted on Facebook that his father had died.


Kurt Marries, father of Tucson newscaster Dan Marries, died late Thursday in Grand Junction, Colo., after a two-year battle with skin cancer. He was 64.

Dan Marries chronicled his dad’s battle with cancer with nearly daily posts on Facebook last winter, when the elder Marries was being treated at Tucson’s Veteran’s Administration Hospital. Marries posted on Facebook about his father's passing early Friday.

The pair was the subject of a Star feature story on July 7.

Even after his father returned home to Colorado, Marries continued updating his progress. A posting Tuesday hinted that his father had taken a turn for the worse.

“My dad really needs your prayers tonight,” wrote Marries, who anchors KOLD Channel 13’s 5, 6 and 10 p.m. newscasts. “I just booked a flight for tomorrow morning to go see him.”

Marries returned to Colorado Wednesday morning and posted a Facebook update just before noon: “I made it. Dad opened his eye when I told him I was here. He knows.”

Kurt Marries died surrounded by family and friends, Dan Marries said on his Facebook page.

“We were by his side, holding his hands with country & western music playing in the background, just the way he wanted,” Marries wrote on Facebook. “His pain & suffering is over.”

Kurt Marries was a native of San Diego, Calif., and spent his life as a helicopter pilot. In addition to his son Dan, he is survived by a daughter in California and a son in Colorado.

Senior Editor, News, Arizona Daily Star, Tucson, Az.