Los Altos, Calif.-resident Ed Scripps passed away on March 27 at the age of 71 after a long struggle with symptoms of stroke that resulted in a fall at his home.
Born in Seattle on Aug. 9, 1941, Ed spent his childhood in Atherton, Calif., attending Menlo-Atherton High School, from which he graduated in 1959. He went on to attend college in Neuchatel, Switzerland, and lived overseas where he enjoyed travel, living as a bon vivant driving his MG Midget across the Riviera and making new friends.
Ed eventually settled back in the Bay Area to start his professional career. Ed worked in the newspaper industry, holding various posts in the family’s Scripps League Newspapers chain, including as publisher of daily and weekly community newspapers in Taft, Calif. (Daily Midway Driller), and Hamilton, Mont. (The Ravalli Republic). When Scripps League Newspapers was acquired, Ed took on new challenges, publishing titles including the Bishop, Calif. Inyo-Register, the Mammoth Lakes, Calif. Mammoth Mountain News, and the Maui Bulletin.
At home, Ed married his first wife Bonnie, with whom he remains friends. Together they raised their son and daughter James and Joanna in Los Altos. Ed remarried in 1999 after a long courtship with Becky, whom he met through mutual friends. Ed and Beck retired in 1999 and answered the call of adventure, taking to blue-water cruising aboard their 46-foot Hylas sloop “Seasilk.” Their ocean travels took them up and down the west coast of North America, from the serene fog-drenched waters of the Puget Sound to the friendly cruising grounds of Mexico. Ed was at his happiest at the helm of the Sausalito, Calif.-based yacht with Becky by his side.
When the challenges of frail health made sailing more difficult, Ed and Becky started spending more time at their home in Tahoe City on Lake Tahoe’s north shore. There they enjoyed the company of their children and grandchildren, as well as a steady stream of family and friends. They shared the beauty of the high sierra with the people they love. Ed will always be remembered as someone with a big heart and a quick laugh who lived life on his own terms. From the friends with whom he would gather on Sunday afternoon at Rosati’s (“Zots”) under the “Tree of Knowledge,” to his colleagues in the newspaper industry, everyone knew Ed as a true original.
Ed is survived by wife Becky; son and daughter James Scripps and Joanna Lovera (Otto); stepchildren Brian O’Boyle and Kathy Reehl; grandchildren Lauren and Andrew Scripps, Ayla Lovera, Kira and James Reehl, and Daniel Lindevald; brother and sister Barry (Gail) and Stephanie Scripps; mother Betty Knight Scripps, and many nieces and nephews.
A celebration of Ed’s life will be held April 4 at 2 p.m. at the University Club, 3277 Miranda Ave. in Palo Alto. All friends are welcome to come and share stories of their time with Ed. In lieu of flowers, the family requests generous donations in Ed’s name to Reach Program Foothill Foundation, 12345 El Monte, Los Altos Hills, CA 94022. Ed formed special bonds and made amazing progress in this supportive, therapeutic community.