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Martin, Jeremy E.

Martin, Jeremy E.

June 15, 1976 — September 1, 2020

Jeremy Edmund Martin, 44, of the Kansas City Northland, passed away unexpectedly on September 1, 2020, at St. Luke's Northland Hospital.

Jeremy was born June 15, 1976, in St. Louis County, MO, the middle of three children of Stephen A. and Ann C. (Witzl) Martin. Jeremy grew up in Liberty, MO, where he graduated from Liberty High School in 1994. He was an All-American football player on the Liberty Blue Jay 1993 team. Jeremy later received his Bachelor's degree in 1999 from Kansas State University at Manhattan, where he also played football. He spent 20 years in sales in the pharmaceutical industry. Jeremy was engaged to be married to Kelli Glover.

Jeremy loved his family and friends more than life. He leaves his son, Barrett; fiance', Kelli and her children, Sophie and Rhett; mother, Ann Martin; grandmother, Dorothy Witzl; brother, Scott Martin, his wife Kristen and their sons Sam, Ben and Zac; sister, Katie Lawson, her husband Greg and their sons Matt, Cam and Brooks; as well as other family members and many friends who will miss him greatly.

Graveside services for friends and family will be held at 5:00 pm, Sunday, September 6, at Glenridge Cemetery, State Highway B at Shepherd Road, Liberty, MO. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Jeremy Martin Memorial Trust c/o Jeremy's brother, Scott Martin or at Venmo @Jeremy-Martin-Memorial-Trust

 

Service Information

Graveside services for friends and family will be held at 5:00 pm, Sunday, September 6, at Glenridge Cemetery, State Highway B at Shepherd Road, Liberty, MO. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Jeremy Martin Memorial Trust c/o Jeremy’s brother, Scott Martin.

Martin, Jeremy E.'s Guestbook

We are so so sorry for your loss. So unexpected and sad. Ann, we didn’t know Jeremy as a man but we knew him as a sweet, kind and polite boy. It sounds like he hadn’t changed much from his childhood. We can’t imagine the sorrow and pain you are going through. But, something that was of some comfort was knowing both his earthly father and Heavenly Father were both there to greet him. Prayers for peace and comfort to come to you soon. Sincerely, Gini and Stacey🙏🏼💜

Stacey and Gini Stratton

We were saddened to hear of Jeremy’s sudden passing. Such great memories of Brandon and Jeremy together in Liberty pupil schools. Jeremy always had that great smile which we will always remember. God bless you Ann and family.

John & Annette Tankesley

We are so sorry for your loss. Please know that you and your family will continue to be in our thoughts and prayers as you find the strength to move forward during this difficult time.

Mike and Nancy Brewer

Jeremy’s family. . . Having Jérémy in class at LHS was a pleasure. He had a big heart, was very kind and just fun to be around. So sad to hear of his passing. His lovely smile and spirit will be missed. Joyce Bishop

Joyce Bishop

The most sincere of thoughts and condolences to the entire Martin family. Scott's extended Cerner family here in Europe and further afield knew of Jeremy from Scott's inherent love of his family. It has always been palpable which is what makes Scott such an amazing colleague and friend. We can only send our thoughts and prayers to the entire family and as you grieve, others in the world are grieving alongside you.

Emil Peters

Ann, There are no words to express our sadness for this kind of sorrow. We remember Jeremy and our sons as they were 30 years ago. May all the good memories bring you joy. Jack and Charlotte Shields

Jack and Charlotte Shields

I spent a lot of time with the Martin Family in high school, Jeremy knows how greatly he is loved! He has this amazing Gift, as do Katie and Scott, of sharing that love with everyone around them in ways that show others the best of themselves, and make them want to do better. Mr. and Mrs. Martin always gave freely of this love, as do Katie, Jeremy, and Scott without hesitation! I will miss him greatly, please know you’re in our thoughts and I am so sorry for your loss.

Craig Reynolds

Dear Family: We send our deepest sympathies for this great loss. It is still a shock to us and we are saddened by Jeremy's passing. He truly had a big heart and was friendly to a fault. I first met him when we worked at GSK together at the start of his pharmaceutical career. We both won a trip to Spain with our spouses and we extended it to France and England. My wife and I still laugh about the stories of that two week best trip ever. He had a knack for always keeping an even keel and was at ease with himself and anyone around. It was an honor to have known him and our memories of him will always bring a smile to us. Rest in Peace Jeremy.

Daniel and Carol Rominski

I was fortunate to spend a few years with Jeremy as a friend and colleague. He always looked out for his people and everyone was his people. We did a lot of laughing and I got the impression that everyone that was blessed enough to walk in his shadow felt the same way. He had a calming effect on those around him and given his size your fears melted away at the same time. He loved his family and the love of his life, his fiancé kept him in fantastic shape. I was always in awe of his ability to have been a legendary football player and then be transformed into an even healthier version of himself. My heart goes out to his family and everyone that knew Jeremy. He was a ton of fun and I'll miss our hours long conversations during our long road trips. RIP homie! Taken way too soon and my sympathy goes out to those that never got the chance to know you. You missed out on a real gentleman with a heart of gold. He was one of the best of us and I will keep praying for his family, friends and everyone that was blessed to spend time with him. Keep smiling big homie!!!!!!

Lee Witham

Jeremy grew up across the street from my family in Liberty. Marti and I watched as Jeremy, with the help of some outstanding role modeling by his parents Steve and Ann, developed the guiding principles that formed the basis of his character – guiding principles like respectfulness, a quiet confidence, focus and discipline, enthusiasm, selflessness, integrity, and an attitude of gratitude. An example of Jeremy’s selflessness – during his career as a Blue Jay football player Jeremy never once questioned what we asked of him. He took on every challenge with a team first attitude and he worked hard to perfect the skills required to help his team be successful. Jeremy also had outstanding integrity. He listened to the strong inner voices in his life…his guiding principles. Jeremy said what he meant, his “yes” meant yes and his “no” meant no, his word was good and his handshake sealed the deal. When you have integrity, like Jeremy, nothing else matters. One thing that I believe is important is that you pass along your guiding principles to others. Jeremy did this on a regular basis – his actions always emulated his values to his friends, to his family, to all of us. Several summers ago Jeremy came to visit my family for about four days at our house in Wentzville. We had a blast. We reminisced about some of the great times we had when Jeremy played football for the Blue Jays … like how he enjoyed me not ending defensive practice until the great Blue Crush defense showed that they could stop every play that our upcoming opponent ran and how he crushed the running back from Rockhurst for a huge loss in the backfield. We laughed about our battles playing basketball in my driveway. Jeremy, Stacey, and Martha talked about the fun times they had growing up together. We grilled out, drank a lot of beer, and smoked cigars. It was a great visit. I consider it a privilege to have known Jeremy … his kind heart, his never stop believing attitude, his smile, his integrity, his willingness to do anything to help others. My family loved Jeremy. He made an impact on all of us and we will truly miss him. Much love and prayers for Ann, Katie, Scott, and the rest of Jeremy’s family from the John Morrison family.

John Morrison

Prayers and hugs to all of your family. Shock and sadness for the loss of Jeremy. I can't even imagine how you are feeling. In my mind all I can see is a strong, kind, young man with a gentle smile.

Lola Fahring and family

I am so very sorry to hear about Jeremy. I remember our kids growing up together. Those were good years. Jeremy was so full of life and I remember his great smile. I'll be praying for your family.

Patty Boos Willard

It is often said that people are born to be something, either it be a Doctor, Farmer, Lawyer, etc. Jeremy was born to be a good student, to play football as long as his body would let him, be the consummate teammate and leader regardless of the job or team and make others around him comfortable and enjoy life. As the equipment manager at K-State, it was my privilege to serve Jeremy during his career. I always enjoyed his canter and honesty in dealing with any situation. He spent a time back in the equipment "dungeon" before a practice sharing opinions and the atmosphere provided by the news of the day, what practice was gonna be like and the conduct of my student managers. His smile and ability to come up with an occasional prank on a teammate made him a part of our group. I will never forget him. Condolences to the Family.

Jim “Shorty” Kleinau

My heart is breaking for all of you. I pray you will find peace in your memories and the love you share as a family.

Kendra Callaway

Ann, my heart aches for you, Scott, Katie and your entire family. My prayers are with you.

Sue woods

Jeremy was an incredible person that had an innate ability to just make people feel better. It didn't matter where you were at, or what you're doing, he took a genuine interest in everyone he met. I worked with Jeremy at Grifols where we managed the KC area. It's been tough processing how we could lose such a great guy. Kelli and family please know you are in my prayers and I'm so very sorry for your loss. I'm thankful I had the chance to meet Jeremy and call him a friend.

Shawen Bradshaw

Love to all of you. My heart breaks for you. Hold on to one another and know you are all loved and prayed for by so many.

Lizzy Walsh (Sprague)

Our condolences to the Martin family, he left us way to soon.There is a beautiful scripture in the book of Isaiah 41:10 that reads: "Do not be afraid, for I am with you. Do not be anxious, for I am your God. I will fortify you, yes, I will help you, I will really hold on to you with my right hand of righteousness." Much love and respect , from the Switzer's KSU football family.

Marvin D. Switzer

God has brought you through difficult times before, and I know He is going to help you make it through this time also. Until He does, our prayers are with you and your family. Your faith and trust will make things better each day. May the Lord bless and be with you and yours in a very special way during these hard times. Warmest Regards, Bill Snyder and family.

Bill Snyder and family

We are very sad to hear this news. We only knew Jeremy form Liberty High School days and football. We are praying for you as you feel this loss and trust God to comfort and give you peace day by day!

Gary and Jan Venable

There are no words to convey the sadness I feel for the Martin family and Kelli. Jeremy was a close friend and was always so willing to help people anyway he could. I have so many great memories ranging from high school, college and present day. I’ll never forget his laugh. He truly cared about what was going on in your life and was quick to ask questions. He was a great football player, but more than that he was a great person. I’ll miss you Finch. Rest In Peace.

Brian Gray

I knew Jeremy through work this makes me so very sad he was a very kind person who always made me smile! I am so very sorry for your loss!

Rae Ann Coffin

I am in shock and heart broken. I have comfort knowing Steve welcomed him with open arms. This is a huge whole in our family. Prayers for Ann, Scott and Katie and their families. Love you all and hugs one another.

Teresa FINUF

Kelli and Family - I am so sorry for the loss of Jeremy. You are in our prayers and please don't hesitate to call if you need anything. Such a nice man and loving father.

Mark and Kristi Grego

So sad to hear the loss of Jeremy. Too soon as he had so many gifts to give in this life. Prayers for his family and his son. Peace be with you all.

Stephanie Ford Martin (LHS alum)

RIP Brother we know your watching family and friends. God Bless

Daniel Shea

I had the privilege of training and working with Jeremy during his employment at Superior Biologics. From the moment I met him, I knew he was a fantastic person and we would become friends. He had a wonderful smile, great sense of humor and was very intelligent. We would talk on the phone all of the time about work and life. He never knew it, but he taught me a few things along the way. My heart goes out to Kelli, the children and his family. May you all be wrapped in light and love as you face the days ahead. Jeremy will not be forgotten. Please know I'm sending you love, hugs and support.

Giti Henrie, Superior Biologics

Jeremy had a gift. He made those around him feel better. He lifted you up. He would lay it all on the line for his teammates. He carried that attitude into his professional career where I met him. He lived in the moment, for the moment and will be revered and remembered by many for those memories. He put his heart out there and opened it up for so many to share in his presence. He carried some to great heights on the field and some of us off of it. He had the heart of a lion, a champion and he gave all he had to his friends, family and son. I will remember him for his smile,for being my teammate and for being my friend. RIP big man. I'm gonna miss you

Jay Clark

Dear Family of Jeremy, So sorry for your loss, the world lost a good one this week. I met Jeremy at Grifols during training and then spent some time together at our sales meeting in Miami. In the short time we spent together I knew he was a great guy when he spoke so fondly of his family and fiancé. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you. God bless during these heart-breaking times.

Nick Paolini

Ann & all his family members, I am so very sorry for your loss & shock of loosing a son, brother, & finance. I can only imagine what you must be going through. May you be blessed with strength, love & precious memories to see your way through this tragedy. Sending lots of prayers & hugs.

Delores Wharton

Jeremy Martin was the truest of true an incredible father loving fiancé and one of the kindest individuals that I have had the good fortune to know and befriend. Kelli my prayers and heart go out to you and your family. Know that all of you are in my thoughts daily. God Bless

Jason Carlson

My thoughts and prayers are with your family. It was an honor to broadcast Jeremy's K-State games on radio. Just thinking of him now brings back memories and pictures in my mind of his time as a Wildcat football player. I pray God will be helpful in this time of grieving.

Stan Weber

Prayers & hugs to family & friends!! May God bring you strength & comfort!!!

Joel Condray (kstate alum)

Dear Family, I met Jeremy in December 2019 at Grifols Training as a Hospital Representative for Tennessee. We immediately connected and established a new friendship with mutual support in our roles with Grifols. I saw Jeremy again in Miami and we remained in contact. Jeremy was a class act, gentle giant of a man. I appreciated his gracious, humble disposition and the kindness he exemplified. Jeremy spoke so fondly of his son and future wife, life was so full and the future so bright! Each of you as family must know that so many hold you up in prayer today and share in your grief and disbelief. I shall pray for you Barrett, Mom and Kelli with endless regularity and give thanks for the brief season that my life intersected with Jeremy's here at Grifols. May your faith in God and confidence in HIS goodness, grace and mercy greet you each new day. May his memory be a blessing! "The Lord gives HIS people strength, The Lord blesses them with peace" Psalms 29:1 Chuck Carothers

Chuck Carothers, Grifols

Ann, I am so sorry for your loss. This is a huge lost to our Liberty football family too. Jeremy was always so polite and joyful to be around and he was fortunate to have such great parents!

Vickie Talley

We are shocked and saddened at the sudden death of Jeremy. Our hearts go out to Kelli and all of Jeremy’s family. Our thoughts and prayers are with each of you. He was a great man and a loving father.

Mike and Debbie Humm

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