Jerry Warren, a former White House press secretary and editor of San Diego's largest newspaper for 20 years, has died. He was 84.

Warren died Friday at an Arlington, Virginia, hospital, U-T San Diego reports (http://bit.ly/19FBBcH ).

Warren was assistant managing editor of The San Diego Union in 1969 when President-elect Richard Nixon hired him as deputy press secretary. He served through the Nixon administration and the presidency of Gerald Ford until 1975.

He returned to journalism, becoming editor of The San Diego Union and later the merged publication San Diego Union-Tribune until 1995.

Warren's daughter tells the paper that he devoted his final years to his faith. He earned a master's degree in theology and led a ministry education program.