Larry Lee Barnhizer


Larry Lee Barnhizer, our Inductee for Art, is being recognized for his independent coverage of regional wrestling matches at the Uptown Arena in Modesto more than 40 years ago. Larry has had many photos published in wrestling magazines across the country. He has photographed matches in Modesto, Stockton, Sacramento, San Jose, Oakland, San Francisco, Bakersfiel, and Fresno. Larry has photographed many of the great wrestlers such as Hulk Hogan, Jesse Ventura, Andre the Giant, Ray Stevens, Pat Patterson, Moon Dog, Ray Stevens and many others. Many of his photos are on display at the Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame in Wichita Falls, Texas. Larry was awarded a Travel award for photographing a wrestling fans convention in Knoxville, Tennessee in 1978. Larry Barnhizer, a Manteca resident who grew up in Riverbank and Modesto, began his career at ringside as a young amateur photographer, becoming an integral part of Northern California’s 100-year history of the entertaining sport. Larry worked at Spreckels Sugar Company in Manteca from 1960 to 1968, and Libby Owens Ford in Lathrop from 1968 to 1997. Mr. Barnhizer is married to Linda Barnhizer, and they have a son named Jeffery. Larry and his wife continue to live in Manteca. As far as taking pictures, Larry continues to still enjoys the Art of taking the perfect photograph. Congratulations Larry Lee Barnhizer!!!