Mark Taylor
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Marlin and Betty Chanay, long time Gardner area residents, business owners and community volunteers, will be honored as the grand marshals of this year’s Johnson County Fair Parade.
The parade takes place at 10:30 a.m. on Aug. 13 in downtown Gardner.
Betty, along with her late husband Chuck Keller, started Santa Fe Realty in Gardner more than 30 years ago.
Marlin owned an insurance agency for several years before meeting Betty and becoming a real estate agent himself.
The couple continues to do business in the Gardner area and has more than 50 years combined experience in real estate.
The Chanays have been active in the community for several years, organizing judges for the fair parade and serving in the Johnson County Fair Association, the Gardner Rotary, and the Gardner Area Chamber of Commerce.
Both Marlin and Betty are recipients of the Rotary club’s Paul Harris Award for “service above self.”
Marlin, a 25-year cancer survivor, was one of the founding organizers of the Santa Fe Trail Relay For Life, which raises money each year for cancer research for the American Cancer Society.
He has also worked for the fair association for 15 years.
Betty, who was a charter member of the Johnson County Economic Development Corp., and was nominated Woman of the Year by the Gardner chapter of Sigma Phi, has also been active as a member of the National Association of Realtors, for which she served on the legislative board.
Santa Fe Realty, which merged with J.D. Reece in Olathe in 2001 and then became Reece & Nichols, was nominated for Kansas Small Business of the Year in 2002.
The Chanays remain active in the fair association, chamber, EDC, Rotary and board of realtors.
They have a combined family of seven children, 15 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.