Donald R. Larkin, 90, has gone home to join first wife Marion and son
Donald A. on 11-12-03. Born in Jersey City, N.J., October 13, 1913,
Don attained a law degree but was unable to use it when WW II called upon
him to become a spotter pilot in Europe. He returned to become a pioneer in
the early days of radio on the east coast.
His career began playing piano on air
for Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald. This led to a career as an announcer that
lasted for over 30 years. His program, The Hometown Frolic, opening each day
with "Back in the Saddle Again", broke ground bringing never before heard
Country Western music to the NY-NJ area in the 40's and 50's.
His show was so popular that Elvis asked Don to promote one of his first recordings on
the show. Don was a friend to many of the early CW
entertainers through his live concerts.
Moving to PA in the 60's Don became a restaurateur while continuing to spin 45s. His move
to Phoenix in 1972 brought a career change to real estate, some of his clients
remembering "Larkin Barkin" from their childhood.
In 1988, he married Peggy with whom he happily spent his remaining years. He is survived
by Peggy, his daughter Lori Murphy, husband Kevin and granddaughter Kristen all
of Phoenix, grandson Donald A. Larkin of Virginia, stepchildren Tom, John, Mark
and Paul Fitzgerald, Mary Kennedy, and their families.
Goodbye Little Darlin'.
Graveside Service will be 11:00 AM, Friday,
Nov. 14, 2003 at Resthaven Park Cemetery, 6290 W. Northern Ave., Glendale, AZ.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in his name to the Alzheimers Assn. Arizona Chapter, 1028 E. McDowell Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85006-2622.
Published in the Arizona Republic from 11/13/2003 - 11/14/2003.
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