We got lucky here at JES Media 13 years ago when we hired Mary Malouf as our executive editor in Salt Lake City for Salt Lake magazine. A Texas native and renowned food critic with great wit and a wicked sense of humor, she already had a following when she came to us—and it grew over the years. If I hadn’t liked Mary so much I think I would have been intimidated by her; she was one of the smartest people I have ever known, and she was also fearless when it came to doing what was right, to changing her life to advance who she was, and to embark on one new adventure after another.
We lost Mary Monday, when she was swept away by a rogue wave from a jetty on the northern coast of California. Of course, she died like that—swept away in the drama of the Pacific Ocean rather than hooked to machines in a bleak hospital room somewhere in the distant future. Both of our offices—and her family, colleagues and friends— are still reeling from this loss, and I so wish our readers could have known her. You would have loved her.
I have included a link below to a remembrance that a friend of hers posted in the Salt Lake Tribune. It’s a little window into who she was, and what we have lost.