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OBITUARY: Rick William Nelson

Rick William Nelson

Aug. 12, 1949 – Dec. 16, 2020

Rick William Nelson, 71, the former owner and editor of The Malheur Enterprise, died Dec. 16 of pancreatic cancer.

Nelson was a copy editor at The News Tribune in Tacoma when he bought the Enterprise in 2006, likely saving it from folding. In his nine years of ownership, with a small staff, he transformed the paper’s layout and brought it into modern graphics design.

Erik Lacitis, a Seattle Times reporter, helped Nelson in those initial issues.

“He had to learn, and learn quickly, all the little details. Those were 18-hour days,” he said.

Nelson had two brothers who lived in the area and greatly appreciated its people and outdoors.

Nelson traveled back and forth between his . . .