Don Foster, Longtime AP Technician, Dies at 66

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(AP) Donald Lee Foster, a technician for The Associated Press for 33 years, has died. His daughter says he died yesterday of cancer at age 66.

Foster was based in Roanoke for 31 years before his retirement in 2000. He traveled as far north as Winchester, south to Bristol and east to South Boston to provide technical service to A-P member newspapers, radio stations and television stations.

Foster was a native of Chatsworth, Georgia and a Navy veteran. He began working for the AP in Jacksonville, Florida in 1967, transferred to New York the following year and came to Roanoke in 1969.

He was an avid golfer who played in many tournaments in the Roanoke area. He was once selected to play on the Virginia Senior Amateur team against a team from North Carolina.

Foster is survived by his daughter, Elizabeth Brunn of Roanoke, and two grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday.

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