Larry Jarrett was a tough guy.
And everyone loved him for it.
The international kickboxing champion and boxer who plied and taught his trade for 20 years at Hollobaugh’s House of Pain in Manatee died Thursday night after losing control of his car and clipping a utility pole in Campbell County, Tenn.
Mr. Jarrett, 40, had been a member of the LaFollette, Tenn., Fire Department since September 2009, Capt. Jimmy Pack confirmed Friday to the Knoxville News Sentinel.
Before moving to Tennessee with his wife and four children, Mr. Jarrett built a reputation at the House of Pain, 4219 60th St. Court W., training under its owner Mike Hollobaugh.
“The students loved him, he was passionate about what he did,” said Hollobaugh, who has been running House of Pain with his wife, Vickie, since the 1970s. “It didn’t matter who, what, when, what size, weight class -- Larry would teach them.
“He was really tough and students admired him. It was tough love. He taught them all about heart and desire. The students just looked up to him as a role model.”
The Hollobaughs, along with several students and friends of Mr. Jarrett, will be at a memorial from 2 to 3 p.m. today in LaFollette.
They are also planning a local remembrance gathering from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday at 5117 Wingate Road in Myakka City. For more information or to RSVP, call Vickie Hollobaugh at 726-6202.
“A big chunk of the House of Pain just got torn way. It’s been hard,” Mike Hollobaugh said. “He’s going to be greatly missed by everybody.”