W. C. King, retired newspaper publisher, died on March 31, 2013 at his home in Tucson, Ariz. at the age of 87. King was born in Scott City, Kan. on May 16, 1925. He began a lifetime newspaper career while in high school at his hometown newspaper, the News Chronicle, in Scott City, Kan. He continued in the publishing field while serving in the Navy during WWII.
Following his naval service, he attended college at Ft. Hays State University in Hays, Kan. He earned his journalism degree at the University of Colorado in Boulder, Colo. After college, he was employed as an advertising salesman for the Daily Union in Junction City, Kan. and also as an advertising manager for the Daily Tribune in Pratt, Kan.
In 1951, he and Clara Rahjes, who he met in college, were married. King and his wife purchased their first newspaper, the Power County Press in American Falls, Idaho in 1954 and went on to own newspapers in Tucumcari, N.M.; Golden, Colo.; Idaho Springs, Colo.; Summit County, Colo.; Leadville, Colo.; and Gunnison, Colo. They also owned newspapers in Payson, Ariz.; Chandler, Ariz.; and Libby, Mont.
King was an active member of various state press associations and served for many years as a director of the National Newspaper Association headquartered in Washington, D.C. He was active in many service organizations, was a member of the Presbyterian Church for more than 60 years and was a member of the Rotary Club for more than 30 years.
He is survived by his five daughters: Christa King, Sara King, Shawn King, Lori Jencks, and Jan Ross of Denver; his son Bart King and daughter-in-law Lisa King of Tucson; and son Scott King of Denver. He is also survived by four grandchildren: Nora Jencks, Parker Ross, Emma King, and Grace Jencks.
To celebrate his life, a memorial service was held at Mountain Shadows Presbyterian Church on April 13, 2013 at 2 p.m. The service was conducted by the Reverend Rachel Srubas. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the following organizations, which he supported: Mountain Shadows Presbyterian Church, 14240 N. Oracle Rd, Tucson, AZ 85739 or Community Foundation for Southern Arizona, (Earmarked-Splendido Endowed Scholarship Fund for Bill King), 13500 Rancho Vistoso Blvd, Tucson, AZ 85755.