Services Set for Times Reporter Bill Billiter

A memorial service will be held Thursday for Bill Billiter, an award-winning reporter and editor for the Times Orange County Edition, family members said.

A celebration of Billiter's life will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday at Stricklin-Snively Family Mortuary at 5001 Lakewood Blvd. in Lakewood.

Funeral services will be held at 9:30 a.m. Friday at Sts. Simon and Jude Catholic Church at 20444 Magnolia Ave. in Huntington Beach.

Billiter, 62, an avid runner, died Saturday while driving on the Costa Mesa Freeway after completing the annual UC Irvine Zot Trot five-kilometer race.

Billiter had a history of heart problems but his wife, Maureen, said the cause of death remains unclear.

Autopsy results are pending, she said.

Billiter joined The Times in 1978 as a reporter and later became city editor of the Orange County edition, before deciding to go back to reporting.

He retired in 1994 but continued to work as a Times community correspondent.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to the Heart Assn.

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