Larry Marek is a farmer who resides outside of Riverside, Iowa, on his family’s century farm.
Larry is currently the District 9 director of the Iowa Soybean Association; he was previously the state executive committee secretary. He is a former county soil commissioner and a current assistant soil commissioner. In addition to his duties with the soybean association and the county, Larry is also a member of the Pork Producers of Iowa, the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association, the Iowa Corn Growers Association and the Washington County Farm Bureau.
A lifelong supporter of 4-H and its foundation, Larry has received various awards in his service to agriculture: Master Pork Producer, Meritorious Service to 4-H and Iowa 4-H Foundation Recognition. He also received the Farm Family of the Year award in Washington County.
Larry has served for more than 20 years on the Washington County Fair Board and has held several offices on the board, including president. He was also director of his local bank for 11 years. Larry has served on various county committees, including FMHA, FSA, County Compensation Board and Extension Council. He is currently serving on the Washington County Riverboat Foundation, which is in charge of awarding grants from the Riverside Resort and Casino.
Larry was born in Washington County and graduated from Washington High School. He continued his education at Iowa State University in a two-year farm operations program.
Larry proudly served his country for 8 1/2 years in the National Guard. He is a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Riverside and served as the parish’s president and as a trustee, member of the finance counsel and lectern.
Larry lives on his farm with his wife, Jan. They have three sons, who all live in Washington County, and a daughter who lives in North Carolina. Larry and Jan are the proud grandparents of 10 grandchildren.