Months before he passed away at the age of 46 in 1999, master kite builder Larry Mixon (Kitedad to all of his friends) finished his “most rewarding kite,” the King of Diamonds.
The 7 ft. X 5 ft. Japanese-style Edo is one of many extraordinary kites Larry crafted on an old Singer. The King of Diamonds flew with a number of Larry’s kites when friends gathered to say goodbye to Larry at his memorial fly at Belmont Shore in Long Beach on March 28, 1999.
I’m grateful to Larry’s wife, Linda, and their daughter, Stacy, for entrusting the King of Diamonds to me.
I know we’ll always miss Larry, but as long as we can see those parts of him up there in the wind, he’ll never truly be gone.Sharon Champie, “Empty Spaces”, KiteLife, June 1999
Learn More about Larry and His Creations:
- Larry’s Kitemaker Profile, Kitelife, Dec. 1998
- “Airplay”, a profile of Larry and Linda, Skylines, Feb. 1996
- “Empty Spaces”, Skylines, June 1999