The Obit For Bob Saban

Matthew Leroy Robert "Bob" Saban

The News-Gazette, 10/29/2008


MAHOMET – Matthew Leroy Robert "Bob" Saban, 77, of Mahomet passed away at 2:50 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, 2008, at Hospice of the Valley in Tempe, Ariz.

Bob was born in McCook on Dec. 22, 1930, to Matt and Anna Saban. He married his best friend of 19 years, Marge Holmes McDaniel, on June 13, 2008, in Apache Junction, Ariz. She survives.

Survivors also include his daughter, Brenda (Lon) Carlson, Champaign; three sons, Dan (Ann) Saban, Gilbert, Ariz., Rob Saban, Boynton Beach, Fla., and Alan (Stephen) Saban, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; stepdaughter, Deana (Tim) McAuliffe, Huntersville, N.C.; three grandchildren, Jason (Wendy) Wallace, Mahomet, Taylor Saban, Garibaldi, Ore., and Maddy McAuliffe, Huntersville, N.C.; and two great-grandchildren, Logan and Olivia Wallace, Mahomet. He is also survived by five brothers, Marty Saban, La Grange Park, Joe Saban, Monticello, Leroy Saban, Hodgkins, Carl Saban, Sedona, Ariz., and Mick Saban, Sierra Vista, Ariz.

His parents and stepson, Jeff McDaniel, preceded him in death.

Bob graduated from Lyons Township High School in 1949. He then began a career in baseball, playing in the KOM (Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri) League in Carthage, Mo. In 1950, Bob played in Sioux Falls, S.D., for a Cubs farm club, and then in Rock Hill, S.C., in 1951.

In 1952-53, Bob served in the U.S. Army in Albuquerque, N.M., at Sandia Base and was the base's ace pitcher.

After serving in the Army, Bob was drafted by the Washington Senators (which became the Twins organization) and played in the South Atlantic League, primarily with the Charlotte Hornets, from 1954-1962 with stints in Macon, Ga., and Chattanooga, Tenn.

In 1966, Bob and his family moved to Champaign. He was an electrician in Local 601. He retired in 1992.

Bob was an avid golfer, enjoyed coaching and watching baseball and, most of all, spending time with his family.

Memorials can be made to an organization or hospice of the donor's choice.

A celebration of Mr. Saban's life will be held in Champaign in Spring, 2009.