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San Diego Icon Loren Nancarrow Has Died Due To Brain Cancer

Loren Nancarrow

It is with heavy heart and tears running down my face that I write to tell you that San Diego icon, and long time weatherman, Loren Nancarrow had died.

Loren had been fighting the good fight against brain cancer, and he passed away last night, 12/28/2013.

If you want to support the Loren Nancarrow at Scripps, please donate.  My GP who also died of cancer during the holidays about 3 years ago, was also treated at Scripps.

Here is Loren’s last post From December 16th 2013

This business of surviving cancer seems silly at times. Many of you will survive — and each of you are my heroes. Many more of us stand far less of a chance. So my question is for those of us with lower odds — when is enough, enough?

I am truly excited for the next step. Together, Susie and I have tried to envision a butterfly’s metamorphosis. As I transform from this world, I hope to be thrilled by what I experience next — but it’s difficult to imagine what that will be. Will it be bright lights and loved ones? Will I be returned to some place I’ve been before? Or is it simply ashes to ashes?

Eleven months into the predicted 1-3 year ordeal. Susie has read me volumes of books to help me prepare for that next step. Right or wrong, the books help me draw strength and I genuinely feel comforted by the idea that good things lie beyond this life. Not knowing what they are is fascinating, albeit frightening — and the question of “when is enough, enough?” continues to haunt me.

The first 6 months made me want to keep living. Our road trips were so full of hope and time seemed almost limitless. But now the reality: I’m no longer the same person and I can feel life slipping away. Each passing day becomes more difficult and some of the things that once brought me so much joy are now missing — like cooking and gardening. And everyday stuff we take for granted, like driving. I really miss driving.

There are also things that remain intact — my family continues to be present, supportive and loving, my friends stay in contact (almost to a fault), I’m still in awe of each December sunset — and an entire city has made me feel like their son.

So, as for my question of when is enough, enough?

The answer is…not today.


Growing up in San Diego county, I watched Loren on Channel 8, then followed him around to wherever he landed. In a landscape of “weathergirls” in their too tight dresses giving updates about beautiful weather Loren was a breath of fresh air. He was smart, environmentally aware, with a sense of humor and wit. I always thought he reminded me of my dad.

I cannot believe he’s gone.

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  1. Never heard of this gentleman before your post. After reading his last letter I have a tear in my eye. Sounds like a really great man its heartbreaking how many people we lose to this ugly disease.

  2. Very sad, tragic loss

  3. Shocking, my prayers go out to his family.

  4. Sad news, RIP!

  5. My condolences to his family, RIP!

  6. Such very tragic news :-( RIP

  7. So sad!! Rip!

  8. Very sad news. I hope his family find some peace in the fact that he’s no longer in pain.

  9. So sad, I hope his family are doing ok.