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Martin Christopher Liccardo
August 9, 1977 ~ August 16, 2023 (age 46) 46 Years Old
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It is with immense sadness and lugubriousness that the family of Martin Christopher Liccardo (Marty) announce that he unexpectedly passed away on August 16, 2023. Marty was an extraordinary person who lived life fully and touched the lives and hearts of countless people. As a self-proclaimed feminist and a rare man who chose to dedicate his 25-year career to women’s issues and violence prevention, Marty stood out from the crowd; he had a lively, unique style and used his deep intellect and sense of humor to help others reflect, think critically and navigate the world in a more compassionate way.
Marty’s family and friends would describe him as kind, funny, an optimist, and “the best Liccardo”. He was a most-lovable human who supported, loved, and showed up for everyone in his life. If you were ever in need of a hug there was nothing quite like a big bear hug from Marty. Cycling, running, and hiking were among some of his favorite things to do. He also loved to travel and dine with his many friends and had an intense love for Chicago-style hot dogs; he is likely on a first-name basis with the folks at SuperDawg. Marty’s always-on, beautiful smile and contagious laugh will reverberate in all of our hearts forever.
Marty was an Evanstonian at heart - born in Evanston, IL on August 9th,1977, and graduating from Evanston Township High School. He received his undergraduate and graduate degrees in Women’s Studies from the University of Utah and dedicated his career to working with universities and at the state-level as follows: student affairs, Men’s Violence Prevention Coordinator (Duke University), with UCASA (Utah Coalition Against Sexual Assault), The Rape Crisis Center of Salt Lake City, The Department of Health, Salt Lake City, and consulting on Men's Violence Prevention with the Elizabeth Smart Foundation.
Marty was preceded in death by his mother, Mary Jane Kane. He was greatly loved and will be deeply missed by his girlfriend, Tiffany Harris: his father Francis, his siblings Frank; Peter [Maria]; Mary; Clare [Mark]; Paul; Andrew [Ashley]; John [Nichole]; and his beloved twin and womb-mate, Richard [Jen]. His nieces and nephews; aunts, uncles, and cousins; and an incredible group of devoted friends.
In lieu of flowers or donations, Marty’s family requests that you honor his memory by donating to an organization you think Marty would support. Losing Marty exacerbates the problem with the world right now; it’s a loss of the kind of person we need the most. To keep Marty’s spirit alive, we ask that you go out and, in Marty’s words, “do a kindness” for someone today.
Gatherings in Salt Lake City and Evanston are to come.