F. Phil Turner; Retired Publisher of Hollywood Citizen-News, Valley Times
F. Phil Turner, a retired newspaper executive who was publisher of the old Hollywood Citizen-News and its sister paper, the Valley Times, has died at the age of 83.
Turner, who also had been general manager and treasurer of Daily Variety and who spent 60 years on the business side of newspaper publishing, died Friday in a Burbank hospital of pneumonia, said his wife, Dorothy Turner.
Turner grew up in Tallahassee, Fla., and graduated from the University of Florida. He started his newspaper career in the circulation and production departments of several newspapers in the South before moving to California in 1965 to serve as publisher of the Hollywood Citizen-News and the Valley Times. Turner left the Hollywood Citizen-News, later called the Los Angeles Evening Citizen News, shortly before it ceased publication in August, 1970.
He then served a year as general manager of Four Star International, a television production company, and worked as general manager and treasurer of Daily Variety from 1973 to 1988.
In addition to his wife of 39 years, Turner is survived by a son, four daughters, a sister, a brother, 14 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.