Councilman Bob Jarman and his wife Sue got a surprise when he visited his physician on Feb. 4 for routine tests, and discovered he had a faulty heart valve. He is now recovering from surgery with a new mechanical valve.
“This new valve will give me another 50 years; not that I want to be part of the council that long,” Jarman said in a prepared statement.
Jarman expects to be back attending council meetings within a week. Jarman is a two-term incumbent on San Juan Island Fire Department’s elected commission. He defeated first-term incumbent Lovel Pratt by 90 votes to claim the South San Juan position in the November election.
“I’m putting my whole heart in the job of council and I needed a tune-up,” said Jarman after his surgery.