VICTORVILLE, Calif. – Louis Brewster, a leading motorsports reporter for more than four decades and the longtime sports editor of the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, died Monday near his home due to complications from diabetes.
Brewster was 70 years old.
Brewster worked for both the Daily Bulletin and the Ontario Daily Report, which preceded the Daily Bulletin, from the late 1960s all the way up until his retirement in 2017.
He was one of a select few writers still living to have covered NASCAR events at Ontario Motor Speedway, Riverside International Raceway and Fontana’s Auto Club Speedway, as well as NHRA events at Auto Club Raceway in Pomona, Calif.
“His passion for the job was unmatched. He opened a lot of doors,” said his son Scott Brewster, a Daily Bulletin employee for five years. “It wasn’t easy being a Latino in journalism. He didn’t care what people thought. He was an inspiration for me that I carried into the rest of my life.”
Even after his 2017 retirement, Brewster continued penning columns for the Daily Bulletin and Inland editions all the way up until his passing on Monday.
His final column, published this week, paid a special nod to his family – which was valued to Brewster through all of his seven decades.
“On a personal note: We celebrate Thanksgiving on Thursday, a national holiday,” he wrote. “In reality, for this old writer, every day is a day of thanks to those who have aided me in the last 24 months, especially with my wife Linda, son Scott, and grandson Louis Bryan.”
Brewster is survived by his aforementioned wife of 45 years, Linda, son Scott and grandson Louis Bryan, as well as his mother Sara, brothers Bob, Rick and Dave Brewster and sisters Liz Allen and Ruth Herr.