By: E&P Staff
Jeffrey Dozbaba, a longtime editor at The Arizona Republic, died on Wednesday after battling lung cancer. He was 58.
Dozbaba spent 31 years with the Arizona Republic. He joined the paper as a copy editor in 1978, was named sports editor in 1991, became assistant manager editor in 1993, and then served as senior editor, senior director of the newsroom’s Information Center and in 2008 he was named a managing editor.
Known as a larger-than-life, chismatic man, Dozbaba was described by colleagues in an Arizona Republic report as a good mentor who enjoyed ribbing his fellow journalists — but always did so with a smile.
The Republic’s report also said that at one point, Dozbaba wanted every sports reporter to do a stint covering the night public-safety beat, in part to remind them of the nuts and bolts of journalism.
“He said that if you can find something that you love to do, you’ll never have to work a day in your life,” his wife, Mary, told the paper. “Even when he left, he marveled at what a wonderful career he had and everything he got to do.”