Retired Associated Press photo editor Marty Walz died on Monday, April 2, 2001 in Fountain Valley, Calif. He was 86. Marty suffered from Alzheimer's disease and died in a rest home near his daughter Julie Kendall's home in Fountain Valley. Marty joined the AP in 1943 as a photo editor in Chicago.
In 1955 he transferred to the AP bureau in Boise, Idaho, and two years later to the Los Angeles bureau, where he was a writer and photo editor. In 1969 he moved to the Bay Area to assume the photo editor post at the AP's San Francisco bureau, where he worked for 12 years before retiring in 1981. He had worked previously at The Orlando Sentinel in 1937; the Pontiac (Ill.) News Review in 1940; the Daily Chief in Winter Haven, Fla., in 1942; and the Bloomington (Ill.) Daily Pantagraph in 1943. Born in Lead, S.D., in 1915, Marty grew up in Montana, the son of a minister. He studied journalism at South Dakota State University. In 1944 he was drafted and served in China and Burma during World War II. Major stories he worked on included Marilyn Monroe's suicide, the assassination attempt of President Ford, Jonestown and the Patty Hearst kidnapping. Pulitzer Prize-winning AP photographer Sal Veder said of his former photo editor, "Marty is probably one of the best photo editor's I've worked with and was a good friend. It was a pleasure and honor to work with him. He was one of the last of the old-timers." Marty's wife, Bess, preceded him in death. He is survived by his son, Jim Walz, of Atlanta, and four grandchildren. There are no services. Condolences may be sent to Marty's daughter: Julie Kendall 10889 El Mar Ave Fountain Valley, CA 92708 (714) 964-0764