Jarnot Troyer of Bowie, a member of the Bowie Advisory Planning Board for nearly 50 years who helped bring development such as the Bowie Town Center to the city, died Saturday at age 79.
Known to city staff and officials as “Ty,” Troyer joined the planning board in 1966 and served up until his death, said City Manager David Deutsch.
“He was involved in essentially all of the Bowie developments over the last 50 years, providing advice to council and providing guidance to staff,” Deutsch said. “He will be missed.”
Troyer was born in New York and, after a short time in the Army, worked as a civil engineer for the District of Columbia, according to his obituary.
He was a member of the Bowie Church of Christ for more than 50 years, where he served as a deacon, and a member of the Sons of the American Revolution and two Volksmarching clubs, his obituary said.
Bowie Mayor G. Frederick Robinson remembered Troyer’s assistance in bringing the Bowie Town Center and other commercial and residential development to the city.
“He was an incredible guy. He was not only good at what he did, he was a good man,” Robinson said. “He was committed to the city and committed to helping it [grow], but to grow on a rational, reasonable basis so that everything that came along complimented what was here.”
Troyer is survived by his daughter, Karen, son, Jay, and seven grandchildren.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Bowie Church of Christ, 2518 Kenhill Drive. Interment will be at a later date in Somerset, N.Y., according to the obituary.