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Rev. Dr. Donald R. Jarman


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Rev. Dr.  Donald R. Jarman Obituary
May 6, 1928 - May 6, 2017 Rev. Donald R. Jarman, D.Min, pastor in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), painter, and author, died on Saturday, May 6, 2017, his 89th birthday, at home in Beaverton, OR. A loving and generous husband, father, grandfather, and friend, he was passionate about the church and politics, in particular, civil rights, women's rights, and the rights of seniors. He loved the arts, music, painting, and theater. Predeceased by his father and mother, Dr. Ray and Grace Jarman, and his sister, Mary Ellen Elliott. He was born in Michigan in 1928 and spent his childhood in Cincinnati until his family moved to Huntington Park in the 1940s. Chapman University awarded him a BA in 1950. In his senior year of college he was licensed to the ministry and practiced his profession at Yuma Christian Church. He was ordained as a minister of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in 1950, and attended College of the Bible (now Lexington Theological Seminary), earning a Masters of Divinity in 1953. While in seminary he served Sharpsburg Christian Church, in KY, and was called to First Christian Church, Santa Maria, CA, in 1953. In 1958 he began a three-year ministry at St. Clair Street Church of Christ (Disciple) in Kirkcaldy, Scotland. In 1961 Jarman was called to South Bay Christian Church in Redondo Beach, CA, where he was involved in ecumenical and interracial dialogue, and established a notable beach ministry in the South Bay area. He earned his Doctor of Ministry in 1970 from the School of Theology in Claremont, CA. Jarman also did considerable post-graduate study in gerontology and served as a grief counselor at a hospital in Sacramento, CA from 1971 to 1973. He moved to the Northwest in 1973 and was the project manager for four retirement facilities under the sponsorship of the National Benevolent Association (Disciples of Christ). During his retirement he was active as an interim pastor, a painter, and a writer. His book Living the Full Life: Devotions on Aging was published in April of 2017. Jarman is survived by his wife Sharon B. Jarman, his children Mark Jarman (Amy), Katharine (Jim) Law, and Luanne (Dan) Jarman-Miller, and grandchildren Claire Jarman, Zoë (Duke) Doyle, Ian and Devin Law, Hannah, Jackson, and Sam Jarman-Miller, as well as his wife's children Kathryn (Tim) Malinski, Michelle (Bill) Lilje, Pamela Harris (Brad Clemmons), and Austin Chester, and grandchildren, Nathan and Taylor Malinski, Nolan and Grace Lilje. A memorial service will be held October 14, 2017 at Southminster Presbyterian Church at 11:00 am. Jarman's remains will be interred at Chapman University's columbarium.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from June 23 to June 25, 2017
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