Jack Gyer, founding publisher of the Sierra Star in Oakhurst, Fresno County, died Aug. 1, 2012, in Fresno, The Star reports. he was 97.

After acquiring an old typesetter from The Fresno Bee, Gyer started The Star with Editor Cal Ragland in November 1957. Gyer co-owned and operated the paper until selling to Cleon and Kathy Jones, who owned Ponderosa Printing, in 1966.

"Jack was a very unselfish person and gave all he could and didn't get anything back," Cleon Jones said. "His heart was always in the community."