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Community - April 17, 2013

Ed Scripps, newspaper publisher, dies at 71

Ed Scripps of Los Altos, who held various posts in his family's Scripps League Newspaper chain, died March 27 at the age of 71.

Mr. Scripps spent his childhood in Atherton and graduated from Menlo-Atherton High School in 1959. He attended college in Switzerland and lived overseas before returning to the Bay Area to start his professional career.

Though the years, he published daily and weekly community newspapers in several California communities, as well as the Maui Bulletin in Hawaii, retiring in 1999.

Mr. Scripps married his first wife, Bonnie, and together they raised their son and daughter in Los Altos. He remarried in 1999, after a long courtship with Becky. They enjoyed traveling up and down the West Coast of North America aboard their 46-foot yacht "Seasilk."

After failing health made sailing difficult, the couple spent more time at their home in Tahoe City. Mr. Scripps will always be remembered as someone with a big heart and a quick laugh, say family members.

Mr. Scripps is survived by his wife, Becky, son and daughter James Scripps and Joanna Lovera; mother Betty Knight Scripps; brother and sister Barry and Stephanie Scripps; stepchildren Brian O'Boyle and Kathy Reehl; and seven grandchildren.

Donations in his memory may be made to Reach Program Foothill Foundation, 12345 El Monte, Los Altos Hills, CA 94022.