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Editorial: Saying goodbye to our good friend Jack

We are sad to announce that our colleague and friend, Jack Douglas, passed away this week.

We will miss his presence in the newsroom and all the orneriness and opinions he brought with him.

He was a hard worker who never shied away from the heavy lifting and difficult parts of the newspaper business. His job was to deliver newspapers around Williams, Parks and other areas, but he never hesitated to do more.

Many in the community may remember seeing him driving the Williams News vehicle in the parades, and others know him from the many veteran events he attended. He seemed to enjoy a second career here at the paper and was a great "ear-on-the-ground" for news.

He loved to tell us the latest news (or gossip as he put it) he had heard around the community. It usually brought him a good laugh. But he also really loved where he lived and spoke highly of the friends that he'd made.

He didn't hesitate to give us his opinion about what we should cover and when he thought we should dig a little deeper into some controversy.

I will miss his friendly bickering with Judy about the "fancy" time clock he could never figure out, and I will miss his stories about the cats he rescued around his Espee neighborhood.

He was a proud Marine and a big boisterous presence, but to us, he was a good friend who always brought his sunshine into the office.

Rest in peace, Jack. We will miss you.

Wendy Howell, Connie Hiemenz,

Judy Martinez, Debi Jones

and the rest of the

Williams-Grand Canyon News staff

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