Ex-managing Editor of Reno Newspapers Delaplane Dies at 79

RENO, Nev. (AP) - A former news editor for the Gannett News Service who also worked for newspapers in San Francisco and Reno has died at the age of 79.

Frank Delaplane died at a Reno care facility on Monday. He began his journalism career as a reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle in the mid-1960s.

In 1967, he took a reporting job with Speidel, the newspaper company that then owned the Reno Evening Gazette and the Nevada State Journal. He eventually became managing editor of the papers.

Former Reno Gazette-Journal executive editor Tonia Cunning says Delaplane was a great mentor and journalist. He says she also was
fun to work with.

Delaplane transferred to Washington, D.C. to become news editor of Gannett News Service in 1979. He returned to Reno in 1986 following his medical retirement from Gannett. He suffered from multiple sclerosis for 23 years.

An avid golfer and duplicate bridge player, he once scored a hole in one in a Harrah's Lake Tahoe golf tournament.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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