Lesley McMurray Martens, a Manager at Spinfish Incorporated is best known for being the wife of Aaron Martens, one of the most successful professional bass anglers ‘a person who fishes with a rod and line’ of all time. On November 1st, Lesley confirmed that Martens had passed away after a 19-month battle with Glioblastoma. He was 49 years old.
Who is Lesley McMurray Martens?
Lesley McMurray Martens is a Manager a Spinfish Incorporated as per her Facebook. She studied at Moorpark college and went to Semi Valley High. Her hometown is Simi Valley, CA.
Martes, a Mercury Pro Team member has finished second in the Bassmaster Classic a record four times, after all, and has never walked away with the crown. Once he missed it by the weight of a modest hamburger patty. He had a massive seizure while fishing in April 2020, which revealed the presence of two cancerous brain tumors. Since then, Martens has had two brain surgeries and has endured almost constant chemotherapy for a year and a half.
Aaron Martens Career
Aaron turned pro at 21 and eventually moved to Alabama to be closer to the heart of the national pro bass fishing circuits. Today he makes his home in Leeds, Alabama, with Lesley, his wife of 23 years, daughter, Jordan, 17, and son, Spencer, 14
Aaron Martens’s competition resume includes three Bassmaster Elite Series Angler of the Year awards (2005, 2013, 2015), 11 wins, more than 80 Top 10s, and over $3.6 million in career earnings. Martens is the winner of the 2019 Bass Pro Tour Stage Six on Table Rock Lake in Branson, Missouri.
Aaron Martens health Issues
Back in April 2021, while Aaron was fishing near there with a couple of friends, his life took a sharp and unexpected turn when he went into a full seizure.
“For close to a year I was having some weird sensations, like especially in certain conditions like when it’s warm and humid,” he said, describing moments of unexplained euphoria. “But then I was with my friends when it really hit me and put me into a full seizure.”
He was rushed to the hospital, but he remembers nothing of the ride nor the incident that preceded it. His first memory is waking up to nurses and doctors standing over him in the emergency room at Grandview Medical Center in Birmingham.
One of the nurses asked if she could pray with him.
It was then he learned that an MRI had been performed and had detected two brain tumors. Aaron was completely alone in the ER due to the strict COVID-19 restrictions at the time, He’d just awoken from a major seizure, and doctors were asking for permission to do immediate brain surgery on him. Over the course of less than a day, one of the fittest and most health-conscious people you could ever meet went from the pinnacle of wellness and professional success to being treated for what would prove to be an aggressive, life-threatening cancer.
“I was one of the healthier people on the planet,” he said. “I ran about 20 to 25 – sometimes 30 – miles per week for like a year before that because I was a runner. I did like a thousand pushups a week. I ate super healthy, all organic vegetables and fruit. I was about as healthy as you can get your body. So maybe God did that on purpose, the way I’d always had the urge to be super healthy my whole life because that’s helped a lot during all this.
“It (glioblastoma) is fastest-growing cancer there is, and it’s the hardest to fight. At the start they only gave me a 1% chance to make it a year, and I’m already at a year and a few months,” he said in July 2021.
Without a second thought, Aaron agreed to the surgery, which was a success. On April 4, 2020, lobectomy removed the outermost tumor as well as a small portion of his right temporal lobe, just inside his right temple. In a testament to his underlying health and will, he was back on his feet almost immediately, amazing his caregivers.
His first surgery did not address the second tumor, which was located much deeper in the brain. After extensive testing – and more than a little prompting from Aaron – the surgeon agreed to go after the second tumor, The procedure was carried out on April 22, 2020.
Lesley was allowed to be with her husband in the hospital as he prepped for surgery this time but was not able to see him again until he was discharged. This craniotomy was more invasive and naturally came with more risk and side effects, but again Aaron came through the surgery well. However, due to the location of the tumor, the surgeons were not able to remove the second tumor as cleanly as the first, but they were able to remove as much of the tumor as they could physically see, Lesley said. Unfortunately, it grew back within two months.
Soon after the second surgery, he started radiation and chemotherapy, which he’s now been enduring on and off for more than a year. The surgeries and treatment have taken a massive toll on him physically, and cognitively to a lesser degree, sapping his strength and severely limiting his previously unshakable sense of balance, Aaron said.
Martens’s family has been beside him throughout this difficult time. His wife, Lesley said their daughter, Jordan, is especially quick to recognize when Aaron starts to get unsteady and discretely sidles in to help when needed. But according to Lesley, Aaron’s faith and outlook are as strong as ever.
Aaron Martens Death
On November 1st, Lesley confirmed that Martens had passed away after a 19-month battle with Glioblastoma. He was 49 years old. Lesley wrote in a Facebook post, “Jesus tells us in Matthew 5:14-16 “You are the light of the world… let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” And what a wonderful light he was. Aaron passed after a 19-month battle with Glioblastoma. We are heartbroken beyond words. I can’t imagine life without him but we take solace in knowing that he’s walked into glory – the only glory that truly matters. Thank you to everyone that supported us during the past 19 months through texts, posts, phone calls, visits, and fundraisers. Your kindness, prayers, and love encouraged us every day and Aaron and I wholeheartedly felt your love.”