Guy Earl Jr., one-time owner of both the old Los Angeles Herald-Express and radio station KNX, has died in Newport Beach at the age of 92, his son said.
After selling his interest in the newspaper, which he had bought from his uncle, Edwin T. Earl, to William Randolph Hearst and the radio station to the Columbia Broadcasting System in the 1930s, Earl began developing shopping centers and other real estate projects.
In 1941, he purchased a large cattle ranch in the Bonsall area of northern San Diego County, expanding it to a 10,000-acre operation that he eventually sold off. The San Luis Rey Downs horse-training complex and country club are located there.
Earl was one of the founders of the Rainbow Water District, which improved irrigation for the northern San Diego County area and helped develop agriculture there. He served nearly 20 years on the district's board. He made his home in Warner Springs.