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Kenneth Alfred "Ken" Martello

March 5, 1950 ~ August 4, 2019 (age 69)

A Special Time of Music is being planned in Ken's honor to be held at the House of Soul, 25 E Lincoln Rd on Friday, September 20th.  The time as not be determined. 

Ken was born in Spokane Washington in 1950 to Anthony Joseph Martello and Martha Bernice Martello.  He went to play with the big band in heaven on August 4, 2019.  He is survived by his wife (Cindy Martello) of 45 years, his daughters Dani Carpenter (Jeff), Dana Cline (Brian), brother Tim Martello (Andi), 4 grandaughters (Bailey Gerhart (Gabe), Lexie Stephens, Autumn Cline, Hope Cline and numerous other beloved extended family.  Ken was a life long Spokane resident, business owner and musician.  Celebration of life will be announced at a later date.

Ken Martello is a great mix of Italian grit and Southern Charm being that his Mother’s Family was from Tennessee and his Father’s family was from Italy.  Ken was born and raised in Spokane with his Brother Tim Martello, who later married his wife Andi.  Even from the crib he was fascinated with telephones, and it wasn’t long after the crib that he became interested in developing his musical talents in his parent’s garage.

Ken is well-known for his ability to bring his bass to life and create those funky grooves throughout pacific northwest venues.  He formed family-type bonds within the musician community and was truly blessed to be a part of that.  

Ken met his loving wife Cindy while supporting local musicians at Goofy’s back in the ’70’s.  From that point on Ken and Cindy spent 45 years together.  Ken is a father to two daughters, Dani Carpenter (Jeff), Dana Cline (Brian), 4 Grand-Daughters, Bailey Gerhart (Gabe), Lexie Stephens, Autumn Cline, and Hope Cline.  As you can see, Ken seemed to be always surrounded by “his girls”.  Even his pets are females.  This is what made him the most happy.

Ken has the most amazing friends, and there are so, so many of them,  that we can’t begin to mention all by name. However, we would like to extend our heart-felt thanks as their love and support means the world to him and to the rest of his family.

He owned New-Line Communications for the last 35 years and his dream-come-true  soul/funk band was Soul Proprietor, who drew large crowds at venues such as Arbor Crest.

Last but not least, Ken Martello was the most generous human being.  He gave to everyone, even out of his own need at times.  He was a true Christian, and would pray for anyone who needed it, including a stranger. He was a lover of people, of music, and life.  We all love him and he will be so very missed.

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