Chris Dufresne, a long-time writer for the L.A. Times, passed away Tuesday at the age of 62.
Terrible news from LA: Chris Dufresne, stalwart Rams and national college writer for LA Times, has passed away. Great family man and always a keen observer.— Mark Whicker (@MWhicker03LANG) May 26, 2020
Dufresne was the national college football and basketball columnist at the Times from 1995 to 2015 and had the opportunity to be a voter for the annual Heisman Trophy award. On top of that, he also covered a Winter Olympics and dipped his foot into covering a number of other sports. He covered the Rams in the late 1980s and into the early 90s. In 2011, Dufresne was named the California Sportswriter of the Year by the National Sportswriter and Sportscasters Association.
Dufresne’s story is one to be admired. He actually started with the L.A. Times as a truck loader on the bottom floor of the building and literally worked his way up two floors. He was highly-respected and will be dearly missed by his family, many friends, and peers.
Terrible news. Longtime @latimes sportswriter Chris Dufresne died last night, per a staff memo. Chris was a gentleman, devoted father and a cornerstone of the Times' sports department for more than three decades. He will be missed.— Nathan Fenno (@nathanfenno) May 26, 2020
Chris Dufresne has been a close friend for 25 years. We covered games together, vacationed together. I envied his talent. He knew exactly what the story was -- trust me, that's a talent -- and he had terrific comic timing on the page. A sad reminder we are guaranteed nothing.— Ivan Maisel (@Ivan_Maisel) May 26, 2020
I’m devastated that longtime national college football writer Chris Dufresne passed away last night. Chris, one of the kindest people in our business, welcomed me onto the beat as a young reporter and showed me respect I hadn’t yet earned. Anyone who knew him won't be surprised.— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) May 26, 2020