Longtime sports columnist Gilmartin

PHOENIX — Joe Gilmartin, a sports columnist for the old Phoenix Gazette for more than 30 years and member of the Pro Basketball Writers Hall of Fame, has died at 88.

The Phoenix Suns announced Gilmartin’s death on Wednesday.

Gilmartin moved to Arizona from Wichita, Kansas, in 1962 and the following year was sports editor of the Gazette — then the Phoenix afternoon newspaper. He remained as a columnist for the newspaper until 1996, when the Gazette merged with The Arizona Republic.

Gilmartin — selected Arizona sports writer of the year a record 16 times — remained a fixture in Phoenix sports, contributing to the web sites of the Suns and the Arizona Diamondbacks.

He received the Curt Gowdy Media Award from the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2014. It’s presented to writers and sportscasters whose longtime efforts made a significant contribution to basketball.