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222 West 3rd Street
CAMERON, MO 64429
Phone: 816-632-2158
Fax: 816-632-6316
Larry Dean Martin

Larry Dean Martin

Friday, August 30th, 1957 - Friday, January 25th, 2019
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Larry Dean Martin, 61, of Kansas City, Missouri, passed away Friday, January 25, 2019. He is survived by his wife of thirty years, Rebecca, and daughter, Cricket, as well as his brother George Martin (Lani) of Franklin, Kentucky, his sisters Susan Brown (Terry) of Mobile, Alabama, and Debbie Butterfield (Kenny) of Kidder, Missouri, plus numerous nieces, nephews, and other loving family members who will miss him greatly. He was preceded in death by his parents George and Mary Martin, and his beloved Border Collie, Jenny.

Mr. Martin was a graduate of North Kansas City High School and of UMKC, where he took two Bachelor’s degrees and a Master’s. He taught second grade at Belinder Elementary School for almost 30 years. He left a positive stamp on many lives thanks to his gentle kindness, sharp intellect, good humor, creativity, patience and gracious perseverance. He created The Marvel News, a fortnightly printed newspaper, editions of which were conceived, executed, sold and delivered by his pupils, Martin’s Marvels. The seven- and eight-year-olds published hand-illustrated articles, book reviews, puzzles and jokes, but the real treat was always the feature interview. Over the years, cub reporters landed Q&A sessions with President Barack Obama, Bill Gates, Barbara Bush, Alex Trebek, Dave Barry, and many other inspiring figures. Mr. Martin wanted more than anything to teach each child that he or she was a marvel with enormous potential who should dream big. At the end of every school year, he gave each student a keepsake, having drawn caricatures of each, showing them as adults living their dreams, working in their dream professions under the banner “Follow Your Dreams!”

A lifelong Jeopardy! enthusiast, Mr. Martin was the grand-prize winner of the 2018 Jeopardy! Teachers’ Tournament. As a bonus, the program invited him to do a caricature of host Alex Trebek living his dream life as a handyman, under the banner “Follow Your Dreams, Alex!”

Celebration of Life service will take place on Saturday, May 18 at 3:00 pm at Belinder Elementary School, 7230 Belinder Avenue, Prairie Village, KS 66208. For more information, go to https://belinder.smsd.org/.

Donations in lieu of flowers will help support The Marvel News into the future. Donate at GoFundMe https://www.gofundme.com/larry-martin-memorial, or make checks payable to Rebecca Bell (Larry Martin Memorial in the memo), c/o Shawnee Mission Post, PO Box 8005, Prairie Village, KS 66208.
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    Saturday, May 18th, 2019 | 3:00pm
    When
    Saturday, May 18th, 2019 3:00pm
    Location
    Belinder Elementary School
    Address
    7230 Belinder Avenue
    Prairie Village, KS 66208
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    Memorial Service will be held at a later date.

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M Benson

Posted at 06:07pm
Thank you, Mr. Martin, for having been such a wonderful teacher for our second grade daughter 21 years ago. You inspired her to succeed as a Martin’s Marvel and you gave us parents encouragement and laughter along the way. Our daughter’s end-of-year caricature portrait hangs in her room to this day and we think of you every time we see it. Yours, Sir, was a life well lived with genuine, long-lasting achievement. We know your family misses you and we offer our heartfelt condolences. Thank you again... Paul and Marjorie Benson
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M Benson

Posted at 06:07pm
Thank you, Mr. Martin, for having been such a wonderful teacher for our second grade daughter 21 years ago. You inspired her to succeed as a Martin’s Marvel and you gave us parents encouragement and laughter along the way. Our daughter’s end-of-year caricature portrait hangs in her room to this day and we think of you every time we see it. Yours, Sir, was a life well lived with genuine, long-lasting achievement. We know your family misses you and we offer our heartfelt condolences. Thank you again... Paul and Marjorie Benson

Posted at 06:11am
Rebecca and Cricket, Know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. Larry was a valued and treasured colleague and a true and loyal friend. Bruce Carter
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David George

Posted at 01:28pm
My condolences to the Martin families. I'm sorry to hear about the loss of dear Larry. Some Bible scriptures that have helped me during times of loss include Isaiah 26:19 and Psalm 37:28,29 which states in part "Your dead ones will live...They will rise up". And the Bible also says "The righteous themselves will possess the earth and they will forever reside upon it". Therefore the Bible promises that we may be reunited with our loved ones lost in death by means of an earthly resurrection. This is further confirmed by John 5:28,29 which says "Do not marvel at this, because the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out". This is possible thanks to Jesus Christ's ransom sacrifice. Thus we have a genuine hope of everlasting life in a world without wickedness or suffering.
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