Former Standard-Examiner associate editor Murray Moler died Thursday of heart failure. He was 74.

When he retired in 1982, Moler concluded a newspaper career that spanned 52 years and some of the world's major news stories.Moler was aboard the U.S. battleship Missouri to see the Japanese surrender at the end of World War II. Locally, he covered the ground-breaking ceremonies for Hill Air Force Base 50 years ago.

He spent his last 19 years in the business as associate editor of the Standard-Examiner, heading up its opinion pages. In that time he wrote more than 13,000 editorials and nearly 1,000 columns.

Before joining the Ogden-based paper, Moler spent 25 years with United Press International, most of that time as Salt Lake City bureau and Intermountain manager.

His civic involvements earned him the title "The Father of Union Station" for his efforts in obtaining it for the city when it closed and he was a driving force behind the Golden Spike Centennial.

Memorial service will be held at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 140 N. Tyler Ave., on Monday at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions may be made to the Trinity Presbyterian Memorial Fund or to Union Station.