ABC's Sam Champion's dad dies in Houston

Sam Champion is shown in this file photo. (Ida Mae Astute/ABC)

October 26, 2010 12:55:43 PM PDT
Good Morning America's Sam Champion is mourning the loss of his dad. After a life of service to his country and his family, Lt. Col. James H. Champion, U.S. Marine Corps (retired) passed away October 25 in Houston, Texas.

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Lt. Col. Champion is survived by his wife of 53 years Sylvia (Murphy) Champion, son Samuel James Champion (NYC), daughter Teresa Champion, son-in-law John Quigley, grandchildren Sydney and James Quigley.

In lieu of flowers the family respectfully requests any donations in memoriam be made to:

MD Anderson Cancer Center (RE: Lt. Col. J. H. Champion), PO Box 4486, Houston, TX 77210 or Virginia Autism Project at