Tom Narak Death – Former District 6000 Rotary Governor Tom Narak of West Des Moines, Iowa has sadly passed away. He died on Monday 18th December 2023 after suffering a massive stroke in Huntsville, Alabama. He was confirmed dead through a publication made on Facebook that reads “We lost a member of our family today. John’s brother-in-law, Tom Narak, passed away from a massive stroke in Huntsville, AL”.
Tom Narak Education
Tom’s upbringing took place in Chicago, and he holds Bachelor’s Degrees from Morningside College. His academic journey continued with a Master’s Degree from Northwest Missouri State University and a Doctorate of Education from The University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Tom’s professional journey led him to retire in 2011 as the Superintendent of Schools in West Des Moines, IA, marking the culmination of a career that began as a middle school science teacher. Throughout his career, Tom demonstrated versatility by serving as a principal at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. He took on the role of Director of Government Relations for the School Administrators of Iowa until his retirement in April 2017.
Tom’s Rotary journey commenced in Schuyler, Nebraska, in 1979, during his tenure as a principal. After relocating to Iowa, he became a member of the Rotary Club of Indianola and served as its president in 2003-04. Later, he joined the Rotary Club of West Des Moines, where he assumed the presidency in 2013-14.
Tom Narak Career
Tom also contributed as the Youth Exchange Officer for the West Des Moines Rotary club for several years. Since 2007, he has actively participated in the Xicotepec Project for District 6000 and served as the District 6000 Trainer for DGs Jacque Andrew and John Ockenfels. In addition to his Rotary involvement, Tom volunteered as a RYLA facilitator in the summer of 2016. Beyond Rotary, he sits on the Board of Trustees of Morningside College and previously served on the Board of The United Way of Central Iowa. Meanwhile, Carol, his spouse, has been involved with the Board of the West Des Moines Friends of the Library.
Tom’s commitment to making a difference is evident in his eagerness to help disadvantaged people, especially children. Whether through education or community service, Tom has consistently strived to positively impact the lives of those in need.
Tom Narak’s obituary will be released by the family
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