By: E&P Staff
Walter C. Taylor Jr., 87, a longtime Pacific Northwest newspaper businessman, died Dec. 17 in Bellevue, Wash., from illness related to congestive heart failure.
From 1981 to 1995, Taylor owned the award-winning Peninsula Gateway weekly newspaper in Gig Harbor, Wash., with his son, Thomas. Previously, he was the owner and publisher of the Newport (Ore.) News Times.
In addition, Taylor and his late partner P. Lee Irwin owned and operated the Gresham (Ore.) Outlook, The Sandy (Ore.) Post, the Parkrose (Ore.) Enterprise, the former Lincoln County Leader in Toledo, Ore., and the former Lincoln County Times in Waldport, Ore. For a time the two men also were partners in the publication of the Tillamook (Ore.) Herald and the Seaside (Ore.) Signal.
Born in Chicago, Ill., Taylor developed his taste for journalism while working on the school newspaper as a student at Hirsch High School in Chicago. In 1941 he graduated from the University of Missouri School of Journalism and joined the Gary (Ind.) Post Tribune as a general assignment reporter.
An Army veteran, he served from 1942 to 1945 and was stationed at Camp Roberts, Calif., and then at Camp White, Ore. He was later stationed at Bushnell General Hospital in Brigham City, Utah, where he handled public relations related to American wounded soldiers returning from World War II.
After the war, Taylor returned to the Midwest to resume his career at the Gary Post Tribune before moving to California in 1952 when he and his wife, Betty Finch, purchased the San Bruno Herald weekly newspaper. He and his family made the move to the Pacific Northwest in 1956 when Taylor went to work as a reporter for the Myrtle Creek (Ore.) Mail.
He next worked as general manager for the Auburn (Wash.) Globe News before moving to Gresham in 1960 with the purchase of the Gresham Outlook.
In 1965 Taylor and Irwin purchased the Newport (Ore.) News Times and he moved there to operate that newspaper. He and Betty lived in Newport until 1978 when they moved to Port Ludlow, Wash. He made his home there and in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.
In 1983 he and his son Andrew founded Japan Pacific Publications, a Japanese-language publishing company in Seattle that publishes Seattle’s Japanese language visitors guide and the Soy Source, Seattle’s Japanese language newspaper.
Friends are invited to share memories and sign the family’s online guest book at www.flintofts.com.