Rory Marshall, an editor on The Associated Press' West regional desk, has died of complications from lung cancer at age 54.
Family members say Marshall died Sunday in Phoenix.
Marshall went to work for the AP in Seattle in 1982 after nearly five years at The Bellingham (Wash.) Herald, where he covered the courts and police and eventually was named assistant city editor.
His AP reporting assignments included two major trials in Seattle in the 1980s: the federal prosecution of leaders of a violent white supremacist group called The Order; and a lawsuit in which the late Ferdinand Marcos, deposed ruler of the Philippines, and his widow, Imelda, were found liable for the killing of two anti-Marcos union activists.
Marshall was a desk supervisor in Seattle for much of the 1990s.
He transferred to Phoenix in June to work on the AP's new West
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