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Legendary BYU voice Jay Monsen passes away

You may not know his name, but you know his voice.

via Robbie Bullough - BYUtv Sports

My first memory of BYU Athletics was Jay Monsen's voice.

At the age of six or so, I remember watching the "Friday Night Fandemonium" feature on KBYU with my dad and grandpa. Friday Night Fandemonium was a weekly series that replayed historic Cougar victories from the past. Monsen's voice was the anchor of that program, as he had called so many great BYU wins.

Here is a clipping from the Deseret News describing the 1992 Fandemonium programming:

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My friend Mitch Harper of the Cougar Center podcast brought the nostalgia back in full force:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Friday Night Fandemonium intros sponsored by the Cougar Club. Jay, you will truly be missed.</p>&mdash; Mitch Harper (@Mitch_Harper) <a href="https://twitter.com/Mitch_Harper/status/300769960182038528">February 11, 2013</a></blockquote><script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

The memories!

Sadly, Mr. Monsen passed away on Sunday afternoon at the age of 79.

The thoughts and prayers of the entire Vanquish the Foe staff go out to Mr. Monsen's family and friends. He was a true legend in BYU community and his work will live on in perpetuity.

If you have ever rummaged through a vault of old BYU Football games, whether on BYUtv or in your own personal collection, you would have been introduced to the voice of Jay Monsen. Monsen began at KBYU in 1972 and narrated the careers of Steve Young, Jim McMahon, and Robbie Boscco. But his call of Ty Detmer's win against Miami may very well be his most famous.

Cougar Nation mourns.