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Monday, October 5, 2009

Death in our family

Posted By on Mon, Oct 5, 2009 at 12:24 PM

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Ira Hocut, the Arkansas Times' production manager, died early this morning. He was 54.

Ira joined the Times shortly after it was founded 35 years ago. He fretted to the end about missing work as he struggled with heart disease. He put together one last dummy of the week's edition last Thursday from his hospital room.

He was scrupulously careful and his attention to detail served us well. As the pages of the paper went into production, he often functioned as a backup proofreader and fact-checker. Amid overseeing production, dickering with printers and riding herd on advertising submissions, he also dug for news tips, reviewed restaurants and otherwise contributed to the family atmosphere that has always been a part of working here. He leaves his wife, Caron, and daughter, Joy (pictured with her dad at his 50th birthday), an eighth-grader who's spent many hours at our office and who will continue to be a happy reminder of him as a husband, father, co-worker and dedicated member of Second Baptist Church.


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