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On September 10, the children of Ricci Martin will have a memorial service at Starks Funeral Parlor in Salt Lake City. In August, Ricci, the son of Dean Martin, died at the age of 62.

Ricci grew up in Beverly Hills, surrounded by famous friends and associates, which he discussed in his 2002 autobiography. He recounted experiences like meeting Marilyn Monroe and hearing his dad’s often amusing stories about Jerry Lewis and the Rat Pack. The author of That’s Amore also mentioned that his 21st birthday party was attended by notables like Elton, Kiki Dee, John Lennon, Ringo Starr, Henry Mancini, Sammy Cahn, Arthur Ashe, Elizabeth Taylor, and Carl and Brian Wilson. While his sister Deana in her own book, Memories Are Made of This, wrote that Elton and John Lennon did a live set during which they performed the BeatlesBirthday, Ricci confessed to remembering little about the evening besides running into David Bowie, another guest, who was also seeking some alone time in the den.
There’s quite a bit about collecting and experimenting with weapons: a favourite hobby of the writer and his brother Dean Paul‘s. The former did not get into trouble. Neither did Dino Jr.–until when he was an adult and decided to sell his machine guns–without a required permit.
That’s Amore includes a brief history of the area the Martins called home, where lima beans and wheat were once grown). Later on, the family had pomegranate trees in their backyard. Ricci decided to pick and stockpile the fruit after his parents, at the height of the Cuban missile crisis in 1962, told their kids there could be a nuclear war, so they ought to be prepared to go down to the basement.
Ricci’s memoir also offers a look inside Dean’s real character. Although the actor/singer was believed to be a heavy drinker, his son says he was often holding a glass of apple juice–or nursing one drink (and a weak one, at that), throughout a performance. And while Dean preferred to retire early, his wife, Jeanne, was the one who liked to throw raucous parties.
As an adult, Martin followed his father into the music business, releasing one album, Beached, with Carl Wilson of the Beach Boys producing, and a single called Stop, Look Around in the 1970s. He later became a music veejay (pre-MTV) and a video director. He also played a thief in Tell Me That You Love Me, but didn’t enjoy the experience.
In the 1990s, Ricci performed in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand with Billy Hinsche and Desi Arnaz, Jr., replacing Dean Paul,  who had formed pop band Dino, Desi and Billy with Arnaz and Hinsche in the 1960s, and died in a plane crash in 1987.
Ricci was also a photographer who worked on his dad’s TV show and shot the cover of the Beach BoysSunflower album. He later moved to Utah in 1990, where he opened a recording studio and produced artists. Most recently, Martin toured in a tribute show to his late father. Earlier this year, though, he had to cancel some dates after falling in his home.
In remembrance of the entertainer’s life and in lieu of flowers, people are being asked to consider a donation to the Betty Ford Children’s Program Director, Jerry Moe, at
Martin’s book can be purchased at