Steven Doria La Rue July 19, 1943 - April 12, 2017 San Diego - Longtime San Diego newspaperman Steve La Rue, who was a colorful and award-winning writer, passed away April 12, 2017 after a brief but valiant battle with cancer. He was 73. La Rue, a native of Clearwater Florida, started his newspaper career as a staff reporter and photographer for The Daily Californian in the 1960's, and later worked for the Lompoc Record, the Escondido Times-Advocate and the San Diego Union Tribune in a journalism career that spanned nearly half a century. During the 1970's, Mr. La Rue started writing a general interest column, "Common Cause" for the Lompoc Record, and went on to write numerous features and columns for the Times-Advocate and the Union Tribune. His fellow reporters will surely remember his extensive library and many file boxes of reference material, as well as his lively, informed discussions on the issues of the day. During the 1990's and 2000's, Mr. La Rue's expertise centered on California water and energy policies, and his investigative and concise writing style made these complex subjects accessible and pertinent. Between his travels, writing, and photography, he loved bicycling the National Parks and scenic byways throughout the Americas with family and friends, easily covering 100 miles a day. He and nephew Beau often completed difficult â€˜century' rides. A fluent Spanish speaker, he enjoyed traveling in Latin America and Spain, where he was told he spoke with a Cuban accent, a compliment he referenced often. Every celebratory feast would conclude with the statement "chuparse los dedos!". On an expedition to Ecuador with his sister Lauren, Mr. La Rue sailed the Galapagos and hacked his way through the Amazon rain forest, "well plied with gin and tonics". They explored the open-air markets in the Andes, where his Spanish eased their way. They ate guinea pig and plantains and tree tomatoes. He flirted with the girls. Life was good. Mr. La Rue attended Los Altos High School and Merritt College, and graduated from the University of California Berkeley. He served in the Navy as a Hospital Corpsman Striker during the Vietnam era. Survivors include his sisters, Susan Babcock (Stuart Mesnik) of Edmonds, Washington, Lauren La Rue of Lincoln, California, and nephew Beau Babcock of Seattle. He is also survived by a loving circle of cousins in both Canada and the U.S. including Richard Jewell (Shelly), Stephen Jewell (Toby) and family, Christopher Bruce and family, Nicola Doria (Mark Boulanger), Jessica Doria-Brown and baby Eloise, Madison Doria-Boulanger, Gillian Doria (Alain Ross), Caitlin Doria Ross and Alexandre Ross. The family is planning a Day of Remembrance. Mr. La Rue will be interred at sea by the U.S. Navy. Arrangements are being handled by Cascade Memorial, Bellevue Washington. Mr. La Rue was a witty, intellectual, sometimes obnoxious, generous, loving and adventurous soul who will be dearly missed and will remain forever in our hearts. Memorial contributions may be made to Ocean Conservation Research ( ocr.org ), San Diego Bicycle Coalition ( sdbikecoalition.org ), San Diego Museum of Man ( museumofman.org ), or a charity of your choice.
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