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Shawn Vestal: A vision of a community, seen through the lives they led

One obituary is a portrait of a life. Several taken together, though, build a portrait of a community. Recent obituaries in The Spokesman-Review have told the stories of farmers, nurses, …


Actor-comedian Orson Bean, 91, hit and killed by car in L.A.

Authorities in Los Angeles say actor and comedian Orson Bean was hit and killed by a car in Los Angeles.


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 8, 2020

Robert Conrad, star of “The Wild, Wild West,” dies at 84

Robert Conrad, the rugged, contentious actor who starred in the hugely popular 1960s television series “Hawaiian Eye“ and “The Wild, Wild West,” has died.


Shawn Vestal: Obituaries provide a picture of what has made Spokane such an interesting city

Recent obituaries in The Spokesman-Review tell stories of Fuller Brush men and decorated Vietnam heroes, truck drivers and part-time ministers, businesswomen and piano players. The following was summarized from those …


Shawn Vestal: A helicopter pilot for LBJ. A Harlem Globetrotters opponent. An expert on J.R.R. Tolkien. Recent obituaries share our stories.

One obituary is a portrait of an individual. Bring several together and you have a portrait of a place.


Character actor Harry Dean Stanton dies at age 91

He found stardom in middle age with a haunting performance in Wim Wenders’ “Paris, Texas.”


Former Churchill Downs track president Steve Sexton dies

Former Churchill Downs track president Steve Sexton, who guided the home of the Kentucky Derby through its largest renovation project, has died in Texas after a brief illness.


Former Oklahoma All-American, Jimbo Elrod, killed in crash

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says former Oklahoma All-American James “Jimbo” Elrod, who played on the Sooners’ 1974 and 1975 national championship teams, has died in a car wreck.


7-year-old Kansas football fan who inspired team dies

A 7-year-old University of Kansas football fan who was cheered on by the team as he battled cancer has died.


Former Avalanche player Marek Svatos died of overdose

Authorities say former Colorado Avalanche player Marek Svatos died of a drug overdose.


Man known as Pete Rose’s ex-bookie found dead in his home

A man found dead in his Ohio apartment last month has been identified as a former bookie for baseball hits leader Pete Rose.


Florida State official, former All-American, Bonasorte dies

Monk Bonasorte, the former Florida State All-America defensive back who was the school’s senior associate director of athletics, died at age 59 Saturday night from brain cancer.


Longtime Los Angeles sports fixture Joe Resnick passes away

Joe Resnick, a correspondent who covered Los Angeles sports for The Associated Press for more than three decades, died Sunday after a six-month struggle with cancer. He was 62.


Newsmakers: Hall of Fame boxer Bobby Chacon dies at 64

Hall of Fame boxer Bobby Chacon died Wednesday under hospice care for dementia.


Seth Pettengill’s obituary a moving, raw account of heroin addiction

Seth Pettengill’s obituary reveals the struggle of heroin addiction and the heartbreak of parents.


Omar Sharif, of “Doctor Zhivago,” “Lawrence of Arabia,” dies

CAIRO — Omar Sharif, the Egyptian-born actor with the dark, soulful eyes who soared to international stardom in movie epics, “Lawrence of Arabia” and “Doctor Zhivago,” died Friday. He was …


Seahawks tease in obituary would have drawn laugh, wife says

Michael Vedvik was a longtime Seahawks fan. So his wife thinks he’d laugh about the last line in his obituary that ran Thursday: “We blame the Seahawks lousy play call …


Longtime ESPN sportscaster Scott dies at 49

Stuart Scott, the longtime “SportsCenter” anchor and ESPN personality known for his enthusiasm and ubiquity, died Sunday. He was 49.


Shawn Vestal: Individual stories threads in Inland Northwest’s rich fabric

One obituary is a portrait of an individual life. Several of them add up to a portrait of a community’s life. As 2014 has drawn to a close, the recent …


Shawn Vestal: Mothers and doctors, military men and meter maids make community

One obituary is a portrait of an individual. Several add up to a portrait of a community. Recent obituaries document the passing of a family doctor and an Air Force …


Jack Bruce, bassist of 60’s band Cream, dies at 71

LONDON (AP) — Musician Jack Bruce, best known as the bassist from the 1960s group Cream, has died. He was 71. A statement released by his family announced the death …


Jean-Claude Duvalier, ousted Haitian dictator known as “Baby Doc,” dies at 63

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Jean-Claude-Duvalier, the self-proclaimed “president for life” of Haiti whose corrupt and brutal regime sparked a popular uprising that sent him into a 25-year exile, died Saturday …


Shawn Vestal: Obituaries tell story of community

One obituary is a portrait of an individual life. Several of them create a portrait of a community. Recent obituaries tell a story of a flower shop owner and a …


Chick-fil-A founder S. Truett Cathy has died

ATLANTA — Chick-fil-A founder S. Truett Cathy died early Monday at 93. The billionaire rose from poverty by building a privately held restaurant chain that famously closes every Sunday but …


Actress Lauren Bacall dies

LOS ANGELES - Lauren Bacall, the smoky-voiced movie legend who taught Humphrey Bogart how to whistle in “To Have and Have Not,” has died at the age of 89, according …


Film, TV legend James Garner, reluctant hero, dies

NEW YORK (AP) — Few actors could register disbelief, exasperation or annoyance with more comic subtlety. James Garner had a way of widening his eyes while the corner of his …


Shawn Vestal: Obituaries add up to portrait of community

One obituary is a portrait of a person. Several add up to a portrait of a community. Recent obituaries published in The Spokesman-Review tell a story of nuns and war …


Casey Kasem, king of the Top 40 countdown, dies

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Casey Kasem, the smooth-voiced radio broadcaster who became the king of the top 40 countdown, has died at age 82. Danny Deraney, publicist for Kasem’s daughter, …


British actor Bob Hoskins dies at 71

LONDON (AP) — British actor Bob Hoskins, whose varied career ranged from “Mona Lisa” to “Who Framed Roger Rabbit?” has died aged 71. A family statement released Wednesday by agent …


Shawn Vestal: Law officer, hero and hardworking residents memorialized

One obituary is a portrait of an individual. Several are a portrait of a place. The following represents a random sampling of some people who passed away recently in the …