John Vernon was a founding member of the Marion Foundation and continued his work as an Emeritus Trustee until his passing on March 8, 2019 at age 89. As a Marion High School graduate (1947) and local businessman and attorney, John was involved in many aspects of the community. He was a founding and life member of the Kirkwood Foundation Board of Trustees and was on the Marion Independent School Board for 7 years, five of them as president. He served as president of the Marion Chamber of Commerce, was an originator of the Marion YMCA and was a Century Member of the Marion Historical Museum. He helped secure funding to establish the Marion Library and was instrumental in the development of Lowe Park. He was a charter member of MEDCO, on which he also served as president. In 1996, John was part of the first group of inductees into the Marion Independent School Foundation’s Hall of Fame, which recognizes those who have excelled in the areas of volunteerism, professional and educational success, and outstanding support of the District and Foundation.
The family will host a Celebration of Life on Sunday, June 16th at Lowe Park. To continue his legacy of giving and support for Marion schools, John’s family has asked memorial contributions be directed to the Marion Independent School Foundation & Alumni Association. To make a contribution, you may donate online or send a check using the information below. The Foundation will inform the Vernon family about your donation unless otherwise requested in the comment box below.
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