Champion of the Month

Jim Sutter Share

Jul 1, 2017  |  Layla Price-Bodkin

Jim Sut­ter was born in Mar­i­on in 1934 to the own­ers of a local dairy named Sutter’s Dairy. After grad­u­at­ing from Mar­i­on High School and lat­er Indi­ana Uni­ver­si­ty, he returned to join the fam­i­ly busi­ness. He took over the thriv­ing busi­ness until retire­ment, then focused on giv­ing back to Marion. 

Sut­ter is still very active in the com­mu­ni­ty, vol­un­teer­ing on the Mar­i­on East­er Pageant Board, and remains active with Indi­ana Wes­leyan Uni­ver­si­ty, the Boys & Girls Club, Mar­i­on Com­mu­ni­ty Schools, the Grant Coun­ty Fam­i­ly YMCA, and more. Sut­ter has giv­en count­less hours and dol­lars into mak­ing Mar­i­on a bet­ter place to live. His vol­un­tary com­mit­ment and ser­vant lead­er­ship were instru­men­tal in the for­ma­tion of many projects includ­ing the YMCA Memo­r­i­al Col­i­se­um, Indi­ana Wes­leyan University’s ten­nis courts, the James Dean Birth Site Memo­r­i­al, the Lit­tle Giants Pre‑K Pro­gram, and the Gar­dens of Mat­ter Park, among many others.

With 17 grand­chil­dren, the Sut­ters remain very busy. Jim also plays ten­nis on a reg­u­lar basis in Marion.

When asked to share his thoughts about his com­mu­ni­ty, Sut­ter replied, Mar­i­on is an out­stand­ing place to live. The edu­ca­tion­al sys­tem in Mar­i­on and through­out Grant Coun­ty is sec­ond to none. There is a lot of fire pow­er in our schools. We also have a lot to be proud of, with First Fri­days, and many oth­er local activities.”

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