Longtime Mariners reporter LaRue passes away

Longtime Mariners reporter LaRue passes away

SEATTLE -- Veteran baseball writer Larry LaRue, who covered the Mariners for 25 years for the Tacoma News Tribune, died Monday from a heart attack while visiting family in California.

LaRue, 68, was one of the Mariners' primary beat writers from 1988-2013 for the News Tribune, and he was renowned for his storytelling ability, self-effacing sense of humor and ever-present camera.

"He taught me so much about ball writing even before I got on the beat," said now-retired Everett Herald reporter Kirby Arnold. "Just reading his work was such a pleasure. And when I took over the beat in 1999, I felt like a kid at Disneyland, not because I was covering big league baseball, but because my seat was next to his."

Larry LaRue took many fine photos in his 25 years on the Mariners beat. (Larry LaRue)

After leaving the Mariners beat in 2013, LaRue worked for two more years as a news columnist at the News Tribune before retiring in 2015. Prior to coming to the Pacific Northwest, he covered the Angels for the Long Beach Press-Telegram.

LaRue authored a book in 2013 titled "Major League Encounters," containing 100 vignettes of some of his favorite memories from his baseball-writing career.

LaRue was living in Gig Harbor, Wash., and is survived by his wife, Marie, daughter, Jessica, and grandson, Caleb.

Greg Johns has covered the Mariners since 1997, and for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.