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Former El Paso Times and Herald-Post reporter Ken Flynn died Jan. 17, 2016 at the age of 82. 

His longtime friends and colleagues remembered Flynn as a prankster who took young reporters under his wing and helped them along. Flynn, who was ordained as a deacon in 1976, also performed baptisms, took Communion to the sick and even officiated a marriage involving two journalism colleagues.

During his tenure at the Times, Flynn covered El Paso's Lower Valley. He left the Times about 10 years ago.

Flynn wrote "Historic El Paso: An Illustrated History," a 224-page publication commissioned by the El Paso Mission Trail Association as part of the Quadricentennial celebration.

He was a University of Texas at El Paso graduate who began his career in journalism in 1955. He worked for the El Paso Herald-Post for more than 18 years and as El Paso UPI bureau chief for eight. He joined the El Paso Times in 1998.