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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Will Fehr, who was The Salt Lake Tribune's top editor during a career with the newspaper that spanned more than four decades, died Sunday night of heart failure at the age of 84.
Fehr joined the Tribune as a copy boy in 1947 and later became a reporter and city editor. He was named managing editor in 1980 and served as top editor from 1981 until his retirement in 1991.
Fehr, a University of Utah graduate, served in the Navy during World War II and the Air Force during the Korean War.
Veteran Tribune reporter Tom Wharton praised Fehr as an idealistic, passionate journalist who "never lost his cool."
Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Cynthia Fehr, two children and nine grandchildren.
Funeral arrangements are pending at Evans and Sutherland Mortuary in Salt Lake City.
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