“We are heartbroken to tell you that Larry has left this earthly home; however he has seen the face of Jesus. We so very much wanted to report that a medical miracle had occurred. Our whole family was together and he passed away to the song, 'I can only imagine.' We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all the prayers, visits, food, etc., but most importantly for the love shown our family.”

A longtime, well-known Camdenton High School industrial arts instructor, considered by many to be a mentor in the community, has passed away after spending nearly two weeks in a hospital undergoing treatment for traumatic brain injuries suffered during a bicycling accident in late June. 

Larry Allman passed away last evening, July 9, 2017, surrounded by his wife, Marla, and three daughters, Abby, Tara and Erin. On June 29, 2017 Allman had been cycling with friends in the area of Cherokee Road off of Horseshoe Bend Parkway when a serious crash occurred, though details of the crash are unknown at this time. The accident reportedly did not include an automobile.

Marla Allman posted a public Facebook status yesterday evening, notifying friends and family of his passing. 

“We are heartbroken to tell you that Larry has left this earthly home; however he has seen the face of Jesus. We so very much wanted to report that a medical miracle had occurred. Our whole family was together and he passed away to the song, ‘I can only imagine,’” she wrote. “We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all the prayers, visits, food, etc., but most importantly for the love shown our family.” 

The staff at Camdenton High School has been notified by Superintendent Dr. Tim Hadfield, who confirmed the passing on Monday afternoon. Allman had been in the district since 1994 and also taught at School of the Osage. He taught industrial arts and was involved in several after-school programs including a long stint as a driver’s education instructor, helping many Lake area students receive their driver’s license over the years. 

“Larry was a very well thought of teacher in our district. He was well-respected by our colleagues; he was just a great guy to talk to,” Hadfield said. “Over the course of his career he impacted the lives of thousands of students. Larry was extremely well thought of.” 

Hadfield described a man who spent his free time with family and serving the districts’ students in the form of a teacher, mentor and coach, beginning his career as a teacher’s aide before fully embracing the profession. 

“He was one of those — just kind of all around individuals, a very talented man, and you couple that with somebody who gets along with others. He made a very positive impact on our district,” Hadfield noted. “We are extremely sad to lose someone like Mr. Allman. Like I told fellow staff, his impact on the district will live on. I think we are honored to have known him and worked with him.”