Doug Marlette, a man who has been loved by friends but hated by politicians was killed in an auto accident last week at the age of 57. Marlette was a passenger in a pickup truck that hydroplaned and struck a tree on a back road in Mississippi. Marlette spent the last four decades as a cartoonist in Charlotte, Atlanta, New York, Florida, and Oklahoma newspapers. His cartoons were highly offensive but also Pulitzer Prize winning.

Marlette grew up in the south anti-war and anti-racism in the 1960s. He was known to be a good listener with a big heart, mentoring younger generations of cartoonists and younger staff members along the way. At the same time, his offensive cartoons angered a diverse group of people, some of which sent him death threats including Republicans, Democrats, independents, Jews, Christians, Muslims, atheists, etc. He criticized the New York Times for not having an editorial cartoonists on staff. Despite this, New York City was his northern home while Hillsborough, North Carolina served as his southern home.

Before his death, Marlette wrote two novels, “The Bridge” and “Magic Time.” Upon discovering the Internet, he posted his cartoons online. He also went to write for the Tulsa World, a family-owned newspaper in Oklahoma. His funeral took place on Saturday, July 14 outside of Hillsborough. The church is nearby farmlands and mills where his family history is rooted as far back as his grandparents. Despite his crude humor and ruthless comments, Marlette was obviously one who knew his identity and didn’t let fame or controversy tell him differently.

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