Steve Malone listens to the police scanner outside the Santa Barbara Courthouse (Aug. 23, 2007)
Paul Wellman (file)

Longtime News-Press photographer Steve Malone (pictured) passed away early Monday morning at age 66 after a prolonged battle with cancer. A former navy man and Brooks Institute of Photography graduate, Malone captured all manner of images for the daily for 43 years, from visits by world leaders to breaking crime stories. He lived for the action, his colleagues said, and kept his ear glued to the police scanner. Malone is remembered as a quiet but dogged pro’s pro, unfailingly humble in his faith and talent. He leaves behind a wife and two daughters. A memorial service will be held 9/19 at El Montecito Presbyterian Church


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