Friday, June 24, 2016

Former BJ photographer Tom Marvin’s Taylor guitar is making sweet music in California’s Yosemite National Park with the sounds echoing from the Sierra Nevada Mountains.
Coshocton’s Kay Ann Shaffer Marvin is with her husband, of course. So is their camper, which has thousands of miles on it in every state in America when Tom isn’t barn-building on their Guernsey County farm just north of Salt Fork State Park, near I-77 and north of Cambridge.
Their neighbor is Mark Kovach, known for being a BJ computer whiz.
Tom retired from Ol’ Blue Walls in 2001. Later, he retired again, as transportation supervisor for Ridgeville Local School District where Kay was a school secretary. That's where they met. They’ve been married about three decades.
Yosemite National Park, protected since 1864, is 1,200 square miles of giant, ancient sequoias, and Tunnel View, the vista of towering Bridalveil Fall and the granite cliffs of El Capitan and Half Dome.
Tom’s children are Steve Marvin, a bank assistant vice president who lives in Cambridge; Brian Marvin, who lives in Worthington and is a Reynoldsburg police detective; Misty Bellon, a registered nurse living in Eunice, Louisiana; and Beth Marvin Stevens, a Los Angeles attorney, from Tom’s marriage to former BJ reporter and retired Hoover High School English and journalism teacher Pam McCarthy.
Perry High and University of Akron graduate Tom’s sister is Marty Marvin Stiner of Canton.
If he’s home, you can contact Tom at or (740) 498-7471. Their mailing address is 74321 Birch Road, Kimbolton, OH 43749.

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