By: Andy Powell, Staff Writer

BURBANK, CA — The founder Eldorado Trading Company, Larry Garland, has died. Shock is still going through the adult entertainment industry over the news.

Larry was in attendance at the ANME Founders B2B Trade Show during the weekend of January 14-15 when he fell ill and passed away on Sunday Jan. 15.

I have lost my best friend,” Dennis Paradise of Paradise Marketing said to members of the press in attendance. Paradise and Garland had been friends for decades as both are 40-plus year veterans of the adult pleasure product industry and well respected among retailers nationwide.

“We have lost a guy with the most integrity, with the most humility, with the most intelligence …” added Paradise. “When you wanted to better yourself, you went to Larry.” said Paradise.

CEO of AVN Media Networks, Tony Rios added…”I’m unbelievably saddened by Larry’s passing. He was loved by everyone, and for good reason. He was always a champion for AVN. He was always on the side of bringing everyone together for the betterment of the industry. He will surely be missed.” said Rios.

Garland, who founded Eldorado Trading Co. in 1974, was a pioneer in the business and has always continued to be an advocate who spoke out about Chinese labor disputes. In fact, to show you how grounded Larry was and a true enovatore, Garland had started Eldorado in his basement, where he worked with Native American jewelry. From there he transitioned into the smoke shop marketplace which eventually lead him to the Billion dollar industry of pleasure products.

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Garland was always known to put his employees and customers first, and became a friend to practically everyone he met. He was always gracious with his his time, his humor and his generosity. He was a staple at every trade show, often sitting on panels, sharing his knowledge, experience and words of wisdom with seasoned veterans and newbies alike.

JRL CHARTS will always remember Garland as he made it a point to be the first major distributor to sign a platinum contract 7 years ago with our network and has continued to support the LGBTQ adult marketplace ever since.

Over the past several years, Garland held fundraisers and food drives for the Community Food Share program, helping put Thanksgiving dinner on the table for thousands of Colorado families in need.

From awards to honors, Garland made an impact on every who knew him and he will truly be missed by the staff and management of the JRL CHARTS. “I’m truly shocked….Larry was a strong supporter of our Industry and a dear friend.” said President and CEO of JRL CHARTS, Christopher Thais.

Larry Garland is survived by wife Wanda as well as son Preston and daughter Shauna.

UPDATE – 01-18-17:

In lieu of flowers, the Garland family is accepting donations to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Community Food Share and Planned Parenthood. These three organizations were close to Larry’s heart. We appreciate and thank you for honoring Larry’s memory with your donation.

National Multiple Sclerosis Society

Community Food Share
650 S. Taylor Ave.
Louisville, CO 80027
PHONE 303-652-3663

Planned Parenthood



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