In Memoriam

Janis Weinberger, 90

Posted on 2/22/2017
Janis McMaken Weinberger, co-owner of the Claremont Courier newspaper with the late Martin Weinberger, 1998 CNPA president, died Feb. 2, 2017, the newspaper reported. She was 90.

Steve Buttry, 62

Posted on 2/22/2017
Steve Buttry, a a teacher, editor and journalist, died Feb. 19, 2017, of pancreatic cancer. He was 62.

Anthony Marquez, 55

Posted on 2/14/2017
Anthony Marquez, Los Angeles Bureau chief for the Associated Press, died Feb. 9, 2016, due to complications from cancer, the Los Angeles Times reported. He was 55.

David Cole, 62

Posted on 1/31/2017
David Cole, a former newspaper editor and industry consultant, died Jan. 17, 2017, News & Tech reports. He was 62.

Prudence Draper, 86

Posted on 1/24/2017
Prudence Draper, who co-published The Cotatian in Cotati, Sonoma County, in the 1950s and early’60s, died Jan. 21, 2017, The Press Democrat in Santa Rosa reports. She was 86.

Mary Lewis, 84

Posted on 1/18/2017
Mary Hull Lewis, longtime society and religion editor at the Elk Grove Citizen and a former co-owner of Herburger Publications Inc., died at home on Jan. 15, 2017, The Citizen reports. She was 84.

Kevin Starr, 76

Posted on 1/18/2017
Former California State Librarian Kevin Starr, who authored a definitive series of books about the state’s history, died Jan. 14, 2017, after a heart attack, The Sacramento Bee reported. He was 76.

Jonathan Sanchez, 64

Posted on 1/3/2017
Jonathan Sanchez, associate publisher and chief operating officer of Eastern Group Publications in the Los Angeles area, died Dec. 23, 2016, at home in Highland Park, the company reports. He was 64 and had cancer.

Dick Johnson, 88

Posted on 1/3/2017
Richard Myron “Dick” Johnson, former co-publisher of the Tehachapi News, died, Dec. 27, 2016, the newspaper reported. He was 88.

Walter Wick, 85

Posted on 1/3/2017
Walter M. Wick, publisher emeritus of Wick Communications, died Dec. 25, 2016, at his home in Hereford, Ariz. He was 85 and had pancreatic cancer.

Judi Erickson, 53

Posted on 1/3/2017
Judi Erickson, a former city editor at the Los Angeles Daily News, died Dec. 28, 2016, at home in Marion, Ky., the newspaper reported. She was 53.

Murry Frymer, 82

Posted on 12/20/2016
Murry Frymer, who wrote an “Everyman” column for nearly a decade at the San Jose Mercury News, died Dec. 13, 2016, in San Jose of stroke complications, the newspaper reported. He was 82.

George Shirk, 64

Posted on 12/20/2016
George Shirk, a journalist at newspapers in Mammoth Lakes, San Jose and San Francisco, died Dec. 8, 2016, in Bakersfield of a heart attack, the Mammoth Times reported. He was 64.

Keith Gebers, 85

Posted on 12/6/2016
Keith Gebers, former news editor of the Elk Grove Citizen, died Nov. 26, 2016, following a stroke, the newspaper reported. He was 85.

Gretchen McCombs, 87

Posted on 12/6/2016
Gretchen McCombs, who with her husband Al (1982 CNPA president) have owned Champion Newspapers in Chino since 1956, died Nov. 28, 2016, after 16 years’ affliction with Alzheimer’s disease. She was 87.