Tomerlin named citizen of year |

Tomerlin named citizen of year

by Christina Nelson

The Carson Valley is a shadier place because of the 1999 Carson Valley Days Citizen of the Year.

Marsha Tomerlin, owner of Coldwell Banker ITILDOInc, has been working on a tree-planting project for the last 10 years, as well as numerous other community projects for as long as she can remember.

“Every year, I can’t wait to see how much they’ve grown,” she said about the pine, olive and oak trees planted across the street from Douglas High School and along the west side of Highway 395 to Carson City.

“I did it because it would last forever,” she said. “The trees will last all of my life time, I hope.”

Tomerlin was honored Saturday at the 89th annual Carson Valley Days for her dedication to Carson Valley service organizations. The 20/30 Club broke tradition in honoring Tomerlin with the award, formerly called the Man of the Year Award.

Tomerlin is honored to be one of the only women who has received the award and said she was probably up against a group of men with similar accomplishments.

“All of the service clubs that have anything to do with youth, she’s there for them,” said Dennis McDuffee of the 20/30 Club.

A plaque is awarded to an individual who has positively contributed to the Carson Valley and its youth, McDuffee said.

“It’s not just youth, it has to do with their leadership qualities and how they affect the community,” he said.

Along with the tree project, Tomerlin has donated time and money to Project Santa Claus, sponsored by the Lions Club and the Carson Valley Food Closet; the City of Refuge; and many 20/30 Club events including Carson Valley Days, the Easter egg hunt in Lampe Park and a haunted house.

“This is home for me,” Tomerlin said. “My big neighborhood is the Carson Valley. It’s a joy to help these different entities here.”