Larry MacMillan, Gone but NEVER Forgotten
by Jane Smith
They are far and few between, writers for short track racing.
Yesterday, Florida lost one of their's, Larry MacMillan. Larry was 73 years old and celebrated his 34th wedding anniverary in June. The reason I know this is because that week Larry was late sending out his story and results and wrote me a note saying he was sorry for being late and not writing a story but he had been celebrating with friends his 34th wedding anniversary.
My father has COPD and requires oxygen and Larry also had to have oxygen. I always told Larry that I admired him because he did not let that stop him and he was still announcing and still writing.
He did get around with that oxygen tank, nothing stopped him from doing what he loved.
Larry and I only met a few times but we did e-mail each other alot. Since there are only a few, and I do mean a few, of us who actually do write for local short track racing, we had alot in common except that I was female and he was male. He would tease me that I was the only female who ever stuck it out and he admired me for that. Although the press box at Citrus is very small, he would always make room for me when the Sunbelt or Modified tour ran there. He was always the "gentleman".
Personally, we have lost a true friend of racing and an exceptional writer. Every Sunday like clockwork, I would get Larry's story and top five results. Unless it was rained out or he was celebrating his anniversary or he took time off for some surgery, Larry was always there for racing.
It is very doubtful that Citrus County Speedway will find another Larry MacMillan. We will miss you my friend but you won't be forgotten. You will live on in our hearts and as long as you are there, you are still with us.
Thank you Larry for all your hard work, for your dedication to a sport you loved and for giving us your friendship.
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