San Diego TV icon Loren Nancarrow dies

Memorial paddle out for Loren scheduled for Monday

SAN DIEGO - Friends, family and San Diego television viewers on Sunday were mourning the loss of longtime San Diego television journalist Loren Nancarrow, who died Saturday. He was 60.

Nancarrow passed away shortly after 6:30 p.m. Saturday, surrounded by his family, according to a statement on his Facebook page.

Nancarrow's television career spanned more than 30 years and included stints as a weatherman, anchor and a reporter on 10News, CBS8 and, most recently, Fox 5 San Diego.

The five-time Emmy winner also co-authored four organic gardening books.

Nancarrow was diagnosed with stage three terminal brain cancer in February, and later retired from his anchor position at Fox 5. He called himself a "Brain Cancer Warrior," and authored a blog.

He is survived by his wife, Susie, and children, Graham, Hannah and Britta.

A memorial paddle out and beach gathering to celebrate Nancarrow's life is scheduled for 4 p.m. Monday at South Cardiff State Beach, according to his Facebook page.

Earlier this month, 10News spoke with Loren's wife Susie and daughter Hannah, who are trying to establish a healing garden in Loren's name at the Scripps radiation therapy center.

His family says it's the perfect way to honor someone who cared so deeply about the environment and helping others who are fighting cancer. So far, $50,000 has been pledged online. 

Click here to read more about how you can support the healing garden and honor Loren (mobile users: http://bit.ly/1k8I7X9)

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