| Larry Wayne Corbin|
(Radio pioneer and financial advisor in Lubbock, Texas)
|Born|| December 2, 1938 |
Duncan, Stephens County
|Died|| June 3, 2018 (aged 79) |
|Spouse|| Jackie Roberts Corbin (married 1958-2018, his death)|
Born in Duncan in Stephens County in southwestern Oklahoma to Howard and Naomi Corbin, Larry Corbin graduated from Levelland High School in Levelland in Hockley County west of Lubbock, where the family had relocated. He continued his education under a basketball scholarship at West Texas State University (since West Texas A&M University)) in Canyon in Randall County. On August 17, 1958, he wed the former Jackie Roberts, and the couple moved to Lubbock. They were married for fifty-nine years until his death. In Lubbock, Corbin joined the family- owned radio station KLLL-AM. By 1970, the year of the deadly Lubbock tornadoes, he was the sole owner of the station, which was located on the twentieth floor of the Great Plains Life building. The station returned to the air in a few days but operated out of the Corbin home for several weeks. After the tornado, Corbin changed the 96.3 FM call letters to KLLL-FM and converted the business into one of the first full-time country music-formatted FM stations in the nation. The most successful FM station in Lubbock, KLLL remains a heritage station to this day. He sold the station in the late 1970s.
Corbin and another Lubbock radio pioneer, Jerry "Bo" Coleman, and the famous musician Waylon Jennings, decided that their old friend, singer Buddy Holly, who perished in an airplane crash in Iowa in 1959, should be honored in Lubbock. Corbin himself paid for the startup costs for the landmark Holly statue. With financial help from the proceeds of two Waylon Jennings concerts, the statue was completed and stands as a memorial to Buddy Holly. After the Holly statue, Corbin, Jennings, and Coleman developed the concept of the West Texas Walk of Fame, dedicated to area musicians. The Walk of Fame inducted Holly in 1979, Jennings in 1980, Mac Davis in 1983, Jimmy Dean and Ralna English in 1984, and Don Allison, among others, in 2018.
In 1984, the Corbins moved to Alto in southeastern New Mexico near the resort city of Ruidoso to operate a financial advisory office. There they attended the Episcopalian Church of the Holy Mount. The couple returned in 2001 to Lubbock, where he worked as a financial advisor, his last years with Prospera Financial Services.
There are two Corbin sons, Kenneth D. Corbin (wife Donna), who is employed in advertising and broadcasting, and Kirk Corbin (wife Rinda), who worked for twenty years with his father in the same financial planning office. Their daughter, Kay Taylor (husband Chase), is a full-time caregiver for her special needs son, Holt, who has severe autism. Corbin died of an illness that lasted more than three years. A private memorial service was held on June 10, 2018.
- Larry Corbin obituary. The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal (June 13, 2018). Retrieved on August 8, 2018.
- William Kerns (August 7, 2018). West Texas Walk of Fame to add Abbott, Allison, Livingston, Weeks. Lubbock Avalanche-Journal. Retrieved on August 8, 2018.