He was 87.
From 1978 to 1986 Sargent was the Sun's editor when the paper was owned by Gannett Co. Inc.
While at The Sun, he and his wife Marybell lived in Redlands.
"He just loved his house in Redlands. My aunt was very active in the community," said Pamela Shaw, Sargent's niece.
Previous to The Sun, Sargent had been president and publisher of the Nashville Banner, also a Gannett newspaper.
Prior to Nashville, Sargent had a long career with United Press International.
From 1964 until 1972, Sargent was a New York-based senior vice president of marketing at UPI.
Born in Brooklyn, N.Y. and raised in Northern California, Sargent established the first wire service news bureau at Cape Canaveral and helped negotiate pool-picture arrangement from the launch site with NASA.
He directed the coverage of racial unrest in the south from 1960-64, according to a biography he prepared.
From 1948 until 1955 he was a political writer with UPI and he attended national nominating conventions from 1948 until 1960.
As a reporter, he was the first to report that then Gov. Earl Warren would become become Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, his biography said.
He was once "banned" from the state Senate for writing a story about how a committee would vote.
Family members say he had a photographic memory and for that reason entered what was then called San Jose State College at age 15.
His niece, Pam Shaw of Sacramento, said he could flip through a deck of cards and recall the order of each card.
"He was an amazing and brilliant man...he did a lot of things I would have liked to have done," she said.
Before his heart attack and stroke, Sargent enjoyed good health and an unfailing memory, Shaw said.
Sargent's college education was interrupted when he volunteered for service in the Army-Air Force in 1942.
He washed out of the flight program and transferred to the Army's Signal Corps, where his detachment developed and tested the first micro-wave communications systems.
After World War II, he resumed his college education at Stanford University, where he graduated with a B.A. in journalism in 1948.
After retiring from The Sun, Sargent and his wife moved to Carmel, "where he could play golf during summer in the early afternoon," Shaw said.
Sargent was an accomplished piano player and an avid golfer, Shaw said.
Marybell Sargent preceded her husband in death four years ago, Shaw said.
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