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Denise Martin
S15 Denise Martin
Contestant Profile
Birth Date May 5, 1967 (1967-05-05) (age 48)
Hometown Boston, Massachusetts
Occupation School Lunch Lady


Tribe(s) Fei Long
Hae Da Fung
Placement 4/16
Alliance(s) Fei Long Alliance
Challenge(s) Won 9
Vote(s) Against 3
Day(s) Lasted 38

Denise Martin is a contestant from Survivor: China.


Denise Martin was born and raised in Revere, Massachusetts. She attended Revere High School, Class of 1985. She spent one year at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and then attended Wentworth Institute of Technology, where she received a certificate in Technical School/Telecommunication Electronics.

Martin rides her scooter to her job as a lunch lady for fourth through seventh graders. This involves preparing and serving lunch, along with cleaning the kitchen, five days a week. She previously worked as a short-order cook and a central office technician for a phone company. She also operated and maintained a video game route at eight different colleges, repairing and maintaining video games and juke boxes.

Martin is a Second Degree Black Belt in American Kenpo Karate. She is a student at Revere Karate Academy in Revere. She recently opened her own karate school, Douglas Karate Club. She is a member of the International Kenpo Karate Association. Her hobbies include collecting Budweiser memorabilia, axe and knife throwing, stick fighting, and playing sports with her three daughters. She is an avid Red Sox and Patriots fan; she even named her dachshund Tedy Bruschi K9. She describes herself as competitive, outgoing, strong-willed and determined.

Martin currently resides in Douglas, Massachusetts with her husband of 16 years, Robert. They have three daughters, Erin, 13; Emily, 10; and Samantha, 9. Her birth date is May 5, 1967.

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Voting HistoryEdit

Denise's Voting History
Episode Denise's
Voted Against
1 Fei Long Tribe Immune
2 Fei Long Tribe Immune
3 Leslie -
4 Fei Long Tribe Immune
5 Fei Long Tribe Immune
6 Sherea -
7 Jaime -
8 Peih-Gee -
9 Frosti -
11 James -
12 Erik -
13 Peih-Gee -
14 Todd Amanda,
Courtney, Todd
Voted Off, Day 38
Voted for
Sole Survivor


  • During the live Reunion show, Denise Martin stated that she lost her job as a lunch lady after her return from filming. Upon hearing this, the producer, Mark Burnett gave her a $50,000 prize. The school district Denise works for has refuted her version of what happened after she returned from Survivor. According to Douglas Public School District Superintendent Nancy T. Lane, Denise asked for and received a promotion to the higher-paying full-time custodian position before filming began for Survivor. When Denise returned to work, she returned to her new position. She requested to transfer back to her old position, but it was no longer available. On the December 19, 2007 broadcast of The Early Show, Martin apologized, stating that it was "not [her] intention to be misleading" and asked that the $50,000 be donated to the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation.
  • On January 9, 2010, Denise attended Survivor's 10-year anniversary party.


  • Denise is the oldest member of Fei Long.
    • She is also the oldest female to compete on China.
  • Denise was the only person in the merged tribe not to vote for Jean-Robert at any point.


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