Daryle Lamonica's wife and family as former Raiders QB dies at 80

Joshua Rogers April 21, 2022
Daryle Lamonica's wife and family as former Raiders QB dies at 80
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We find out more about Daryle Lamonica’s wife and family after the sad news was announced that the former Raiders quarterback has passed away.

Daryle Lamonica, a legendary Raiders quarterback, has died at the age of 80. Lamonica is one of the greatest players in AFL history and was nicknamed “The Mad Bomber” because of his love of deep passes.

Lamonica led the Raiders to four consecutive division titles between 1967 and 1970, along with a Super Bowl appearance in Super Bowl II. He was twice named AFL Most Valuable Player (MVP), in addition to receiving three AFL All-Star selections, two NFL Pro Bowl selections, and two first-team All-AFL honours.

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Raiders pay tribute to Lamonica

“The Raiders Family is deeply saddened to learn of Daryle Lamonica’s passing earlier today,” the team said in a statement. “The Raider Nation will forever miss his easy-going nature and warm smile. Our deepest condolences are with his wife Mary, son Brandon, the rest of the Lamonica family, teammates and friends.”

A family member confirmed the death on Thursday but declined to comment further. The Fresno County Coroner’s Office said Lamonica died of natural causes at his Fresno home on Thursday morning.

More on Daryle Lamonica’s wife and family

Lamonica’s wife was Mary. They had been a couple since 1970 so had been together for more than 50 years. They have a son, Brandon. He was born in 1977 and is an alumnus of Fresno State, which he attended on a golf scholarship.

Brandon currently works in real-estate development in Fresno. Daryle also has a sister, Beverly.

Tributes pour in for the former QB

Tributes poured in for the former Raiders QB after news broke of his passing:

Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends at this difficult time.

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Joshua is a Senior Sports Writer at GRV Media with over five years of experience in online writing and editing. After receiving a BA (Hons) in Ancient History and an MA in Sports Journalism, he became a writer for a leading social publisher with over 7 million Facebook followers. Joshua then joined Reach PLC, covering the 2018 World Cup for The Mirror Online and regional publications like the Liverpool Echo. He then moved to a social media marketing agency and content studio, Brave Bison, acting as Website Editor for The Hook. Joshua now oversees all sports content on The Focus, specializing in NBA, NFL, F1, and tennis, while also keeping a close eye on his beloved Manchester United.