James R. ‘Jim’ Bellatti, former publisher of the Stillwater News Press, died December 13, 2016. He was 89.
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, December 28, at the First Presbyterian Church, 524 S. Duncan, in Stillwater.
Bellatti, who was born July 7, 1927, served as co-publisher of the Stillwater News Press from 1961 through 1997. He was deeply involved in community affairs and belonged to numerous civic and philanthropic organizations.
He is a former president of the Oklahoma Press Association and received its highest honor, the Milt Phillips Award, in 1988.
Bellatti was inducted into the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame in 1987. In 1989, he was inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame.
He is survived by his wife Louise; three daughters: Jane Bellatti Armstrong and husband David, Susan Bellatti Glasscock and husband Kirby, and Becky Bellatti Bittle and husband Robert; 11 grandchildren and six great grandchildren.