Gil Lyons, who died Sunday, covered expansion Sonics and Seahawks in 29-year-old career at The Seattle Times.

Gil Lyons, a sports reporter for 29 years at The Seattle Times whose beats included the Sonics and Seahawks, died Sunday from complications after surgery. He was 83.

Mr. Lyons joined the newspaper in 1962 and covered the NBA’s Sonics from the inception of Seattle’s first major professional team in 1967 until 1976. He switched to the expansion Seahawks that year and covered the NFL team until his retirement in 1992.

Mr. Lyons was a graduate of Everett High School and the University of Washington. Nicknamed “The Dean” by NFL reporters, he was voted the Washington Sportswriter of the Year in 1980.

Mr. Lyons lived in Redmond and was an avid golfer. He remained keenly interested in the Seattle sports scene after his retirement, particularly the Huskies football and men’s basketball teams, the Mariners and the Seahawks.

He is survived by Joan, his wife of 60 years; four children — Chris (spouse Sue), Lyn (Rick), Lucy (Jim) and Michael — 11 grandchildren and one great grandchild.

Memorial services are scheduled Saturday at 11 a.m. at St. Jude’s Catholic Church in Redmond.