County Board Mourns Marlin Harper

The Belmont County Board of Developmental Disabilities is mourning the passing of its former president and long-time board member, Marlin Harper, who passed away suddenly on October 3, 2019.


Marlin was appointed to the Board in 2003, filling the unexpired term of Richard Heagin. Marlin went on to promote dignity and respect for people of all abilities for the next 14 years on the board. After his tenure ended, Marlin continued to show his support, founding the Rotary Club Fishing Tournament in Barnesville. Marlin had a heart for people of all abilities. He will be missed.

Marlin J. Harper, 70, of Barnesville died Thursday, October 3, 2019 at Wheeling Hospital.  Marlin was born in Barnesville on July 9, 1949 to the late Jay S. Harper and Maxine E. (Thornberry) Harper-Ellison.

Marlin was a 1967 graduate of Barnesville High School, graduate of Ohio University and earned his Juris Doctor degree from Ohio State University Moritz College of Law.  Marlin practiced law in St. Clairsville after graduating law school where he became partner.  He then went on to open his own practice in Barnesville. He was a member and past president of the Barnesville Rotary, past Exalted Ruler of BPOE 1699, member of the Ohio Bar Association, Belmont County Bar Association, Village Solicitor for Barnesville, past Village Solicitor for Bethesda, and member of the Belmont Hills Country Club.  He enjoyed traveling with his friends and family and playing golf.  Marlin was extremely active with the Belmont County Board of Developmental Disabilities.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his step-father, Galen Ellison; and longtime companion, Norma Kolar.

Marlin is survived by his cousins: Bob (Robin) Harper, Jon Jay (Tina) Harper, Becky (Bob) Selmon, Terri (Randy) Williams and Mike Thornberry; two grandsons: Stephen Markos and Evan Markos; Norma's children: Christi (Craig) Markos and Jim (Jill) Kolar; and many friends and cousins.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, October 8, 2019 from 4-8pm at Campbell-Plumly-Milburn Funeral Home, 319 N. Chestnut St., Barnesville, Ohio with an Elks service at 7:45.  The service will be held on Wednesday, October 9, 2019 at 11am with Ev. Kim McFarland officiating.  Burial will follow in Crestview Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made in Marlin's name to the Belmont County Board of Developmental Disabilities., 68421 Hammond Rd., St. Clairsville, Ohio.

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