Broadcaster Murphy Martin Dies

Longtime television and radio personality Murphy Martin has died after a long battle with heart failure, diabetes and kidney failure.

Martin was hospitalized in Dallas and passed away last night shortly before 11 o' hour shy of his 83rd birthday.  He was born July 4, 1925 in Lufkin.   He is survived by his wife, Joyce and son Mike of Dallas.

He had a remarkable life and career in the news business.  Martin was one of the early anchors here at KTRE back in the 1950ies.  He also broadcast Panther sports in the early days on KRBA radio and went on to become the voice of the Dallas Cowboys for over 25 years.

As news director and anchor, he was here in 1955, when KTRE-TV first went on the air.  He later worked at WFAA-TV in Dallas before joining ABC News where he covered J-F-K's assassination, Dr. Martin Luther King's struggle for civil rights and countless other pieces of history.

Martin is the author of the book "Front Row Seat."  It chronicles more than three decades of his life, covering many of the historic events that shaped America in the last half century.  In an interview with KTRE in 2004, Martin said there was never a day he woke up and said, "I don't want to go to work." Martin worked for WFAA in Dallas and ABC in New York, but he never lost interest and pride in KTRE, always taking the time to visit when he was in Lufkin.

Murphy Martin, dead at the age of 82.  Funeral services are pending.