Donald Reed McClure, former editor of the editorial pages for the Santa Monica Evening Outlook for 21 years, passed away peacefully at home on December 15. He was 72. Born on September 30, 1931, to Donald Reed and Clara McClure in Glendale, he moved to Pacific Palisades at an early age. He was one of the first acolytes at St. Matthew’s Church, where his parents were active. He attended Palisades Elementary, Emerson Junior High, University High and Santa Monica City College and graduated from UCLA with a degree in journalism in 1956. He served as a lieutenant in the Navy during the Korean War. He enjoyed his journalism career, which began while he was still in high school when he worked part-time at The Outlook. After his long, successful stint as editor of the Outlook’s editorial pages, he worked at the Daily News from 1981 to 1999 before retiring. Reed McClure was active on his high school’s reunion committee, a docent at the Santa Monica Museum of Flying and a docent at the Commemorative Air Force Museum in Camarillo. He was an avid reader, especially of history, and enjoyed making model airplanes and walking. He and his wife, Missie Dixie Heinz McClure, enjoyed traveling and writing travel stories for the Outlook. In addition to his wife of 37 years, he is survived by his sister-in-laws Gretchen Klasila (husband Jack), Diane McClure and Carollei Heinz Lamoureux, numerous nieces and a nephew. A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. on January 8 at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, 1031 Bienveneda. In lieu of flowers, a memorial donation to one’s favorite charity is suggested.
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