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J. D. Varner ’57 Celebrates Birthday, Graduation Anniversary in Faith and Fun Walk


J. D. Varner, left, with son Greg, who joined him in the 5K Faith & Fun Walk in November.

J. D. Varner ’57 celebrated his 79th birthday and the 57th anniversary of his graduation from Indiana State Teachers College by walking in the 5K Faith & Fun Walk on November 1 at Blue Spruce Park, near Indiana.

JD Varner

To commemorate his alma mater, J. D. wore his IUP jacket and baseball cap.

J. D. lives in Indiana with his wife, Daria Troyan Varner ’57. They have four children, Greg, Doug, Jocelyn, and Jennifer, as well as 12 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Greg Varner ’88, M’95 teaches in the Upper Arlington High School in Columbus, Ohio.

J. D. was president of the ISTC Student Council in 1956 and said he is the only IUP graduate to have served as mayor of Indiana.