Larry Martin, 2018 Teachers Tournament Champion, Passes Away

Larry Martin, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the May 16, 2018 episode.)

Larry Martin, the winner of the 2018 Teachers Tournament, passed away on the morning of January 25, 2019 after a bout with cancer, The Shawnee Mission Post has reported.

Larry won the hearts of many around North America with his excellent performance in winning the most recent Teachers Tournament; he had stepped back from teaching earlier this school year in order to focus on his health.

The Jeopardy! Fan wishes to give its condolences to Larry’s family and friends.

Jeopardy! has also put together a remembrance page on its website, as well as the following video:

Larry Martin, shown here with Alex Trebek, won the 2018 Teachers Tournament.

Larry Martin, winner of the 2018 Jeopardy! Teachers Tournament (and the May 18, 2018 game.)

Larry Martin, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the May 16, 2018 episode.)

Larry Martin, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the May 7, 2018 episode.)

19 Comments on "Larry Martin, 2018 Teachers Tournament Champion, Passes Away"

  1. I didn’t know him personally, but in his appearances he was a true genrtleman. My condolences go to his family.

  2. Tonya Morgan | January 26, 2019 at 10:02 am |

    So sorry to hear about Larry’s passing. I loved watching him on Jeopardy.

  3. How sad! I so enjoyed watching him play. He seemed like such a compassionate, humble man who did our profession proud. Love and prayers for his family.

  4. Brenda Foster | January 26, 2019 at 10:08 am |

    So sorry. I really liked this man on Jeopardy.

  5. Such a class act. I never met him (although some friends and acquaintances of mine in the KC region did), but here’s to The Marvelous Mr. Martin!

  6. David Clemmons | January 26, 2019 at 11:25 am |

    Truly a great Teacher, kind man, and great Jeopardy Champion! Rest In Peace, Larry!

  7. Jason Sterlacci | January 26, 2019 at 11:50 am |

    I got to speak to Larry a few times and he came across as nothing but a gentleman and truly passionate teacher. This is heartbreaking.

  8. He was great on the show. Sending prayers to him and his family.

  9. Vaughn Winchell | January 26, 2019 at 1:49 pm |

    I never had the pleasure of meeting Larry, but I truly enjoyed watching him play Jeopardy. I cheered for him because I am predisposed to cheer for older players. I cheered for him because I am predisposed to cheer for career elementary teachers in Teachers Tournaments; elementary school teachers, I think, get too little respect. But mostly I cheered for him because he came across as knowledgeable and and gracious and really skilled at the game.

    May his rest be honorable.

  10. As seen on Jeopardy, Larry came across as a real gentleman and scholar. He was cheerful, despite knowing he was seriously ill. Cindy, Larry and who else we don’t know played their game knowing that their loved ones, men and women in service, and other problems we can only guess were huge parts of their lives. I didn’t know him, but I’ll pray for him and his family. RIP

  11. I met Larry and his wife on Jeopardy tournament as my daughter was also one of the participants in the tournament. I met him only once yet it was a very memorable moment. I cherished his compassion, humility and dedication to his profession. I feel very sad and feel that it is such a loss to the teaching profession as he would have contributed a lot more. I pray for him, wife and his loved ones.

  12. RIP, Larry Martin. We’re all gonna miss you, but at least, I can still say ”YAY Marvels!”

  13. Lisa Brasch | January 26, 2019 at 5:23 pm |

    So sad. Seemed like a wonderful man. My best to his family, friends and students. May his memory be a blessing.

  14. Rich misner | January 26, 2019 at 7:28 pm |

    Sorry for your for a show man and a good person

  15. BassPlayingSugarplum | January 26, 2019 at 8:25 pm |

    This is really sad news. He seemed like a great guy. Condolences to his family and friends.

  16. Becky Cansler Kohlhase | January 26, 2019 at 9:28 pm |

    My son was lucky to have Larry as his second-grade teacher. He loved being a “Martin’s Marvel”. What a terrific loss. He was wonderful.

  17. Hazel C Blumberg-McKee | January 30, 2019 at 9:59 am |

    I am so sorry to hear of Larry Martin’s death. He was such a delightful and brilliant contestant. My deepest sympathies to his family.

  18. how old was larry martin? it was sad to lose a jeopardy champion

  19. Seemed like a lovely person. God bless him.

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