June 05, 2012NEW DURHAM — Terry Jarvis remembers the day she lost her husband Mark vividly.
It was Labor Day 2007 and they were vacationing down on Cape Cod. She came into where they were staying and it was awfully quiet. She found Mark lying on the floor, made the call to 911 and attempted CPR. But it was too late.
Terry talked to her daughter about trying to do something to remember Mark, who worked in Pittsfield as an educator until June 2007.
Terry decided to establish the Mark. D. Jarvis Memorial Scholarship and present it to a graduating student from Pittsfield High School.
The students have to be pursuing a career in education, with preference given to students studying special education, which was Mark's field.
The first scholarship was given in 2008, and through 2011, a total of $5,000 in scholarships have been awarded.
Terry said that that a pair of $1,000 scholarships will be awarded this year and are going to students that were in seventh grade and knew Mark while he was in his last year teaching.
"We are trying to reward the kids that try harder and demonstrate those qualities that lead to success in education," Terry said. "It was a matter of helping the kids that needed the help to raise to the top."
A golf tournament will be held at the Nippo Lake Golf Course in Barrington on Friday, June 29, with all the proceeds going to the scholarship fund.
The cost to sign up is $90 per person and includes 18 holes and cart rental for the tournament. The 8 a.m. shotgun start tournament is a four-person best-ball format. Awards will be given for putting, closest to the pin, longest drive and a hole-in-one contest will be held. Hot dogs will served at the turn and buffet luncheon will follow.
Raffle items will also be warded including New Hampshire Fisher Cats' and Sea Dogs' tickets and many items from local business.
Last year, the top 16 golfers were awarded with free golf at another golf course.
Terry remembers moving to New Durham in 1976 with Mark. He joined the fire department and was a firefighter/EMT for 28 years.
He also served on the parks and recreation committee as chairman for many years and helped create the town beach and many of the ball fields in town.
Mark also served on the budget committee from 1997 until his passing. Terry and Mark were chosen as citizens of the year in 2004.
Mark was also a judge for Odyssey of the Mind, which later became Destination Imagination and was very active in the Boy Scouts, earning the Order of the Arrow.
Terry is looking forward to the tournament and awarding the scholarships in a couple of weeks.
"I wish people could see the expression on the student's faces when we award the scholarships," Terry added.
Anyone interested in signing up for the tournament can e-mail Terry Jarvis at Jarvis@metrocast.net or Sue Sanborn at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tim Croes can be reached at email@example.com or 569-3126