Faded Sandpaper

Larry Martel


Larry began his career as a radio announcer in Corning and Elmira, NY from 1956-1961, then moved to KPHO in radio and television in Phoenix. He was an inductee of the Gold Circle Society of the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Larry was an exceptional writer, cartoonist and artist. His students at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism benefitted from his passion for news writing.

Larry loved his holidays, especially Christmas. His exceptional artistic abilities led to the creation of the Pickwick Pussycats Christmas display enjoyed by many over the years. He also used his talents on Halloween pumpkins, Easter eggs and his cartoon lines, Axel and Mr. Ming. He volunteered for several charity events as an amateur demolition driver, parachute jumper, chasing greased pigs, cow dragging, chili judge and other sundry events. He lived with the homeless for a while to prepare a documentary about living on the streets. He never said no to a challenge. He served on boards for various non-profit organizations.

He gave his children an appreciation for music, arts, theater and movies and instilled in them their strong work ethic and value of education, not to mention his sense of humor and the joy of eloquent sarcasm. He loved his Superheroes, Batman, Superman, Captain Marvel and the rest. Larry was married to his wife, Carol for over 60 years, had 2 daughters and a son, along with many grandchildren & great-grandchildren. He passed away in 2017 at the age of 82.