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City of Marion Mourns the Passing of City Council Member Paul Draper

Post Date:02/08/2020 8:58 AM

Paul Draper photoWith heavy hearts, the City of Marion mourns the passing of at-large City Council member, Paul Draper, and extends sincere condolences to his family and friends. Draper died on Thursday, Feb. 6 at St. Luke’s Hospital.   

Draper was a great supporter of Marion’s progress and tireless advocate for the community for decades. At 85, he recently began his third term on Marion City Council.

"Paul was the definition of a public servant,” noted City Manager Lon Pluckhahn. “He worked tirelessly on behalf of his city."

Draper made a lasting mark on Marion. In addition to his years of service on the Marion City Council, he was a respected business owner and public servant. He was on the Civil Service Commission for 25 years and served on both the Marion Chamber of Commerce and Marion Economic Development Corporation boards of directors.

 “It’s hard to find a bigger supporter and a more staunch advocate of Marion,” said Marion Mayor Nicolas AbouAssaly. “Paul supported making Marion better for future generations.”

Draper was integral in relocating and preserving the Marion Depot in City Square Park. More recently he initiated the creation of Waldo’s Rock Park. In 2018 he was recognized as Marion’s Citizen of the Year.

The family will greet friends from 4 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020, at Murdoch Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Marion. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 14, 2020, at the First Presbyterian Church in Marion.

The City Council will discuss plans for filling the vacancy at their next meeting on Feb. 20.