A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday for Bob Holt, a longtime Ventura newspaper reporter and columnist.
Holt, 69, died Friday of a heart attack.
During a 38-year career at the Ventura County Star-Free Press, Holt covered beats ranging from sports to courts, but was probably best known for his folksy columns, often steeped in county history.
He continued writing a regular column for the paper from the time of his official retirement in 1983 until his death.
"Bob Holt is irreplaceable," said Stan Whisenhunt, managing editor of the Star-Free Press. "He was a professional, a leader, a counselor and, more than that, he was a friend to everyone who ever passed through here. No matter how little time you had been here, you felt close to Bob Holt."