Stu Saffer, a journalist, entrepreneur and civic leader, died Saturday after complications from a surgical procedure, according to an obituary on his eponymous website, Stu News Laguna. He was 74.
Saffer had battled a progressive disease that affected his lungs. Well-regarded in Laguna circles, he was the 2016 Citizen of the Year for the Laguna Beach Patriots Day Parade.
“He loved this town more than anything,” Shaena Stabler, publisher and co-owner of Stu News, said. “We all feel a huge loss. He was one of a kind. He made everyone feel special and supported the nonprofits like no other.”
Saffer, who was...