Former USC Punter Marty King Dies

    Marty King
    Jan. 23, 2017

    Marty King, a record-setting All-Pac-10 punter on USC’s 1978 national championship football team, died on Jan. 14 in San Francisco, Calif., of cardiac disease. He was 60.

    A funeral mass will be held on Thursday, Jan. 26, at 10 a.m. at St. Catherine of Alexandria Catholic Church (17400 Peak Ave., Morgan Hill, Calif., 95037).

    King was USC’s top punter in 1977 and 1978, averaging 39.9 and 41.7 yards, respectively. In 1978 when he won All-Pac-10 first team acclaim, he set since-broken USC season records for most punts (70) and punt yards (2,921). The Trojans won the Bluebonnet Bowl in his 1977 junior year and then they captured the Rose Bowl en route to a 12-1 mark and a national title the following season.

    King came to USC from West Valley Junior College in Saratoga, Calif., where he won 1976 All-Conference first team honors while ranking fifth nationally in punting average (41.9). He spent the 1975 season playing football and baseball at Santa Clara.

    He attended high school at Bellarmine Prep in San Jose, Calif., where he starred in football and baseball.

    After USC and a brief stint in the NFL, King served as a police officer for 17 years in various jurisdictions, then attended law school and was an attorney in the Bay Area for 17 years. He also was an Adjunct Professor at Lincoln Law School of San Jose.

    He is survived by his wife Diane and daughters Denise Fernandes (Tyler), Amy White (Ian) and Sarah King, as well as sisters Betsy Kerby and Mary Hawes, brother Tom King (Michelle), 4 grandchildren and 3 nephews and nieces.

    In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations sent to the Lincoln Law School of San Jose, in memory of the Martin King Scholarship.