A sign hangs on the outside of the Washington Post Building August 6, 2013 in Washington, DC, the day after it was announced that Amazon.com founder and CEO Jeff Bezos had agreed to purchase the newspaper for USD 250 million. Multi-billionaire Bezos, who created Amazon, which has soared in a few years to a dominant position in online retailing, said he was buying the Post in his personal capacity and hoped to shepherd it through the evolution away from traditional newsprint. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

David Larimer might not be a name that many sports fans are familiar with but the longtime Washington Post editor had a big hand in shaping the newspaper’s coverage of college sports and breaking news in sports over the last 25 years. Larimer died on May 15 at the age of 47 from an apparent heart attack.

Sports was not Larimer’s only topic of focus in his time at the paper. While he started out in 1996 preparing box scores and racing results, he soon worked his way up to copy editor for the foreign and sports desks. He would spend most of his Post career on the sports desk, serving as night editor and college sports editor and also producing content of his own. Most recently, Larimer was editing The Post’s daily coronavirus newsletter while also overseeing breaking news in sports.

According to his Washington Post obituary written by Harrison Smith, Larimer was “admired for catching errors, identifying holes in stories, and developing a close rapport with his reporters, often bonding over shared interests in music or food.”

Larimer met his wife, Terri Rupar, at the Post as well. She is a former politics editor for the newspaper. They have a 7-year-old daughter.

“One of the things that made him stand out in the room was he was such a nice person,” sports copy chief Tony Reid told Smith. “We had a lot of cranky people like me around, but we didn’t have a lot of nice people like Dave. . . . Happy people don’t often make good copy editors. Dave was the exception to that.”

Given the amount of time he worked at the Post and the relationships he’d built with many reporters there, it was no surprise to see tributes roll in for Larimer immediately. Many of these tributes include a link to a fundraiser to benefit his daughter, Matilda. Per the fundraiser, The Washington Post will match all donations made by Washington Post employees.



About Sean Keeley

Along with writing for Awful Announcing and The Comeback, Sean is the Editorial Strategy Director for Comeback Media. Previously, he created the Syracuse blog Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician and wrote 'How To Grow An Orange: The Right Way to Brainwash Your Child Into Rooting for Syracuse.' He has also written non-Syracuse-related things for SB Nation, Curbed, and other outlets. He currently lives in Seattle where he is complaining about bagels. Send tips/comments/complaints to sean@thecomeback.com.