Longtime Writer and Editor David Wesley Hunter Dies at 63

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By: E&P Staff

David Wesley Hunter, a veteran writer and editor, died Friday afternoon at the Central Florida Regional Hospital in Sanford, at the age of 63.

After serving with the Army in Korea and Africa, Hunter began his journalism career with the Tampa Tribune as a sportswriter in 1961. He moved to The Gainesville (Fla.) Sun in 1968 as prep sports editor and later was the founding editor of its weekly arts and entertainment supplement Scene.

Hunter stayed with the Sun until 1990, when he drastically switched climates to become features editor of the Anchorage (Alaska) Times. When the paper was sold, he moved to the weekly newspaper of the Native Village of Kotzebue, a primarily Eskimo town in Alaska, 33 miles north of the Artic Circle.

He returned to the warmth of Florida in 1994 and was features and special sections editor for the Daytona Beach News Journal until he suffered from strokes in 2003.

Hunter remained in Florida with friends and family until his death.

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