Old Athens Daily News Sports writer John Futch dies in Cambodia

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John Futch, former Athens Daily sports editor News in the 1970s, died Thursday in Cambodia, where he moved a few years ago. He was 75 years old.

Futch, who had a 45-year career in journalism, spent much of those years with the Long Beach Post-Telegram in California, but he also worked with the Boca Raton newspaper in Florida and the Atlanta Constitution. .

Futch was exiting a vehicle in Cambodia earlier this month when he fell and hit his head. He then died in a hospital from complications including stroke and pneumonia, according to the Post-Telegram.

Futch, a journalism graduate from the University of Georgia in 1967, also served as a lieutenant in the United States Army during the Vietnam War, where he was awarded a Bronze Star.

With a college degree and experience as a combat military leader, Futch began his career as a journalist with the Athens Daily. News .

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