Remembering photographer and local icon Kent Sanborn on the anniversary of his death – The Tribune

ByDavid M. Conte

Mar 4, 2022

Kent Sanborn
April 3, 1958 – March 4, 2021
Husband, fellow photographer and my friend
(Pictured: Kent and wife Becky Sanborn)

A year ago on March 4, a local legend passed away and left a huge void in our local sports programs at all age levels.

After 40 years as a photographer for The Ironton Tribune, Kent Sanborn has died of cancer.

Area schools not limited to Lawrence County put up a banner with his picture and the words “Kent’s Corner” in his honor.

And while life goes on and Tim Gearhart, Josh Wilson, Kayla Niece, Robert Stevens and even Kent’s nephew Christian Hicks have worked to fill that void, not too many days go by where I mention the name of Kent when we start talking. who will be available to film certain games or sporting events.

I admit it was hard in the weeks following Kent’s death not to be moved by the loss of someone I worked with for 40 years. I can still see him standing in front of me as he sat at my desk and Kent asking me if he could take pictures for the sports section of The Ironton Tribune.

Kent really liked people. It was no job for him. He loved every minute. It didn’t matter where the game was or if it didn’t involve a Lawrence County team. He looks like if there’s a game, I’ll be there.

We’ve always said that life is for the living and when someone dies you have to carry on and that’s what we did.

But as we move forward, I can only feel that everyone’s life Kent has touched is only better for the time we spend with him.


Jim Walker is sports editor emeritus of The Ironton Tribune.