Martha Jarrett Obituary, Death – According to a statement released by the Jarrett family, Martha Jarrett, the matriarch of the Jarrett family, which includes Dale and Ned Jarrett, both of whom were inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame, passed away on Sunday, February 5. The official statement reads, “It is with great sadness that the family of NASCAR [Hall of Fame] member Ned Jarrett announces the passing of his beloved wife Martha.
She passed away peacefully on Sunday, February 5, with family by her side,” and it goes on to describe how Martha passed away. “Ned and Martha were married for 67 years, during which time they shared an undying love for one another. At this time, the family asks that you respect their request for privacy. While Ned Jarrett was married to Martha for 67 years, the couple raised two children, Dale and Patricia Jarrett, who were born in 1965 and 1969, respectively. Ned Jarrett won a pair of NASCAR Cup Series championships in 1961 and 1965. During this time, the couple had two children: Dale and Patricia Jarrett.
Ned Jarrett, Martha’s husband, was a member of the CBS Sports commentary team in 1993 when their son, Dale Jarrett, won the Daytona 500 for Joe Gibbs Racing for the first time. Dale was driving for Joe Gibbs Racing at the time. During the final laps of the race, the camera would alternate between showing the action on the track and Martha Jarrett’s reaction as she watched her son eventually secure a victory that would go down as a watershed moment in his NASCAR Cup Series career.
Dale Jarrett would also go on to be inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame after completing a 24-year career that would net him three victories in the Daytona 500 (1993, 1996, and 2000), 32 wins, and the 1999 NASCAR Cup Series championship. In addition, he would go on to become the oldest driver to be inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Dale would join ESPN after his full-time driving career came to an end in 2008, and he would remain with the network even after NBC gained the rights to broadcast the NASCAR Cup Series in 2015. Dale would be the second generation of his family to follow in the footsteps of his father.