Former Kuna Melba News owner and editor Earl Maggard died July 28 in Tappahannock, Virginia, from complications of Parkinson’s disease. He was 74.

Maggard and his wife, Suzi, owned the Kuna Melba News from 1992 to 2006.

Maggard was born in Escalon, California, March 26, 1945, and grew up in Parma, attending Roswell Elementary School and Parma High School, according to his obituary.

In 1962, he began a 22-year career in the U.S. Navy, serving in the Blue Water Navy during the Vietnam War on the USS Vesuvius, AE15.

Upon retirement as communications officer, he was awarded the Navy Commendation Medal and the Navy Achievement Medal.

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Following retirement, Maggard moved to Idaho, where he adopted and trained wild horses. He was an advocate for the Idaho wild horse and worked closely with the Bureau of Land Management.

Earl and Suzi Maggard purchased the Kuna Melba News in 1992 and published it until 2006.

The Maggards moved to Tappahannock, Virginia, in 2013 to be near family.

A celebration of his life is planned at the family farm over Labor Day weekend.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation, PO Box 5014, Hagerstown, MD 21741, or the Blue Water Navy Association, 7065 W. Ann Road, Ste. 130651, Las Vegas, NV 89130.

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