In Loving Memory of

Larry F. Martin


Larry F. Martin, 69, passed away on May 28th, 2021 in Gainesville, Florida.

Larry was born the middle child of Horace and Wilma Martin in Leesburg, Florida.  They moved to Gainesville in the early 60’s.  Larry attended Gainesville High School and was a member of the Florida National Guard.  He was in the automobile salvage business all his life. It was there that Larry would find his calling, and his passion for racing. He started racing in 1975, and continued for close to 30 years. Larry was a Regional Manager, and retired from LKQ Auto Parts.

In 1975, he married the love of his life Elaine Sauls Martin of Williston, Florida.  They had one daughter Erica, to say that she was the apple of his eye was an understatement.

Larry left behind many friends.  He was a kind, gentle man and always the life of the party.  Larry was always ready with a quick smile or a joke but he had a twinkle in his eye that made you think he was up to something (and he probably was).  Larry was a racer of stock cars for 43 years… it was his passion and he was good at it.  He forged many friendships while racing that have endured to this day.  Larry was much loved by his hunting buddies and his racing family.

His memory will be forever in our hearts.  He is preceded in death by this mother, Wilma L. Martin.  He is survived by his wife, Elaine Martin of 46 years; his daughter, Erica Martin; father, Horace F. Martin; sister, Lynn Tharpe (Butch); brother, Dale Martin; many aunts, uncles, in-laws, nieces and nephews.  Rest in peace at that big race track in the sky!  God speed my friend.

The funeral service will be held on Wednesday, June 2nd, 2021, at Forest Meadows Memorial Park Central with a gathering at 10am, and service starting at 11am. It is located at 4100 NW 39th Ave, Gainesville, Fl 32606.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution to Victory Junction ( or a charity of your choice.

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13 Responses

  1. Cindy and Scott Hedgcoth at · Reply

    Larry will be missed so much by everyone that met him. So many memories from racing days at Bronson. Elaine and Erica you are in our thoughts and prayers.

  2. Ronnie & Connie Thames at · Reply

    We are so sorry to hear of Larry’s Passing . You never met a more kind and sweet soul. Always smiling ! Prayers to the wonderful family left behind.. RIP Larry with love

  3. Charlene Hughes at · Reply

    Elaine and Erica, my heart is hurtling for the bith of you. You’ll always have the memories, hold them close to your heart. I remember his smile, it seemed he always had one. He was loved by so many, he touched many lives. RIP Larrry. GOD SPEED. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Man and Charlene Hughes

  4. Randy Johnson at · Reply

    Elaine – I will always remember the hospitality you and Larry showed me, my brother and your two brothers (Bobby & Gary) when after a Saturday evening Bronson Speedway race, we would all end up at your home around mid-night. You and Larry were so patient and kind to us teen-agers who thought Larry was going to be the next Richard Petty or AJ Foyt. Larry truly was a nice person – we need more of his kind.

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and Erica.

  5. David and Mary Robinson at · Reply

    May peace be with the

  6. Leatha and Curtis Holder at · Reply

    We are so sorry for your loss. We cherish our memories of our lifelong friendship. Wishing you peace.

  7. Ronnie Henley at · Reply

    Larry will be greatly missed. I pray the family will be comforted and find peace.

  8. Wayne Johnson at · Reply

    Larry was a Great Man, always remember his joke’s his Great Smile, Friendship, Great Driving Skills, and was a Great Boss, RIP My Friend…

  9. Donna O’Steen at · Reply

    My sincerest sympathies to you Elaine and your daughter.

  10. Donna Zetrouer Overstreet at · Reply

    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Larry was a presence that you couldn’t ignore throughout high school and after…. May you be comforted by your precious memories and dear friends. God Bless you all during this difficult time????

  11. Johnny Alen at · Reply

    Larry was a super guy ,he will always be remembered as a Winner at racing and a man full of knowledge . Larry had what many don’t have courage , respect , and honesty , you will be missed

  12. Dana Sheffield at · Reply

    Larry you’re so much more than a racin’ buddy, thanks for all the humorous life guidance. In discussion and by example. All my best to Elaine and your wonderful family.

  13. Shawna Beach Giambrone at · Reply

    Elaine and Erica, I just heard about this terrible news. Our thoughts and prayers are with you guys. Larry was like an uncle to me. He was a funny happy wonderful person and will be greatly missed.

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