Longtime Hillsboro AD and OIAAA Hall of Famer dies at age 77

 In OIAAA News

David L. Larimer, 77, of Hillsboro, died Saturday, March 6, 2010 at his residence.

He was born May 5, 1932 in Clarksburg, W.Va., the son of the late Frank and Irene Norman Larimer. Mr. Larimer was a graduate of Washington Irving High School in Clarksburg, W.Va., received his bachelor of science degree from Fairmont State College in Fairmont, W.Va., his masters degree from West Virginia University in Morgantown, W.Va. and continued his education receiving graduate hours form the University of Cincinnati and Miami University.

He served as an educator, coach and administrator for more than 31 years in Ohio. He had been a teacher and coach at Ansonia High School from 1955-1958, teacher and coach at Frankfort High School from 1958-1966, high school principal and athletic director at Felicity-Franklin High School from 1966-1969 and high school assistant principal and athletic director at Hillsboro High School from 1969-1986.

He also worked 16 summers as an Ohio park ranger for the Department of Natural Resources. He served in many professional positions including president of the Southeastern Ohio Athletic Directors, secretary of the Ohio High School Athletic Directors, vice president of the Ohio High School Athletic Directors, president of the Ohio High School Athletic Directors and liaison person of the Ohio Athletic Directors to the national association.

He also served as basketball tournament manager for 14 years and a baseball tournament manager for 16 years.

In 1965, Mr. Larimer was inducted into the Ohio Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame, in 1979 he was named the Ohio High School Athletic Director of the Year, in 1982 he was inducted into the Ohio High School Athletic Directors Hall of Fame and in 1983 was the recipient of the Distinguished Service Award from the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association.

He was a member and past secretary of the Hillsboro Benevolent and Protective Order Elks 361 and the United Methodist Church in Clarksburg, W.Va.

He is survived by his wife, Janet Geso Larimer, whom he married Aug. 20, 1955 in Clarksburg, W.Va.; two sons, David (Linda) Larimer of St. Louis, Mo. and Gary (Debi) Larimer of Johnson City Tenn.; one daughter, Cathy (Ben) Teeters of Hillsboro; and three grandchildren, Ross, Andrea and Mary Jo Larimer.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Jean Cornett.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Hillsboro Recreation Commission, P.O. Box 158, Hillsboro, Ohio 45133; or Community Care Hospice, P.O. Box 123, Wilmington, Ohio 45177.

To send condolences to the family, visit www.turnerfuneralhomes.cc.

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