Don C. Marler, was born at Hineston, Louisiana in 1933. He lived on a small farm in the middle of a swamp with the nearest neighbor being over a mile away. After joining the U.S. Navy in 1950, he became a Frogman (now SEALS) and served throughout the Korean “Conflict.” Following discharge he went to college on the G.I. Bill and eventually earned a Master’s degree in Psychiatric Social Work at LSU and one year toward a Ph.D. at Tulane University in New Orleans. Don’s work covered a wide range of positions in VA Hospitals and Mental Hygiene Clinics, Community Mental Health and Mental Retardation Centers, private practice of psychotherapy and private ownership of homes for the Mentally Retarded. He also conducted consultation, workshops and seminars for management and staff of child-care facilities and other non-profit institutions. This consulting work, as an Associate of Rea & Associates, Inc., took him to several states over the years north, mid-west and south.

In 2013 he was honored by the LSU School of Social Welfare on the occasion of the school’s 75th anniversary as one of 75 Distinguished Honorees.

Building on his hobbies of reading and writing Don has written many professional articles published in professional magazines, and several books on local history with special emphasis on Louisiana history.  He serves as editor of two online journals:

The Hineston Chronicles


Fifties Frog Magazine http://www.navyfrogmen.com/fiftiesfrogs/

Don’s latest venture is blogging. See the blog at: don marler iconoclast

11 responses to “About

  1. Troy

    I like the way this looks.

  2. Ron Rea

    Don Marler has one of the greatest minds in the South. He is a true sage and great fountain of wisdom.

    Ronald B. Rea, Ph.D.

  3. Ron, my friend you must have me mixed up with someone else. Remember when you had to teach me the value and ways of diplomacy? Diplomacy and compromise were hard for me to practice until I saw you model it.

    Don C. Marler

  4. Charles Kelly

    Yeah, Ron is confused…..

    Charles Kelly

  5. Douglas

    Hello Don, glad I found you. My girlfriend and I were at a pirate museum in Galveston and an employee there showed us a book called Privateers of the Gulf with your contact info within. How would you suggest I buy a copy. It looks fascinating and I cannot find a copy online. All the best.


    • I have a few copies. It is $25.00 including S & H.

      send me your mailing address and I will send the book.

      My address is 4209 Aspen Ct. Pineville, La. 71360

      • tarsha l clark ramsey

        We worked together about the redbones from SC, many years ago
        Roland Goines passed away on Sunday Afternoon.
        This family dates far back. I can be reached at tlclarkramsey@gmail.com
        Privateer SC…

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  8. Tom Worley

    To Don C Marler

    Hello Don,

    Elaine Sidney St.George Paul 1873-1931 daughter of the infamous Capt David Crockett Paul married Anthony Bunn Johnson a son of the Chad Valley Toy Company of Harborne, Birmingham, England. They were married at Kingman AZ in 1897 and returned and settled in Pittsburgh PA. I am the grandson of Hilda Mary Johnson, Anthony’s cousin and I also live near Harborne in Birmingham, England. I have been studying family history for a while and I am fascinated to understand the connection between the couples marriage on the Atlantic and Pacific railroad and Elaine’s incredible family connections in Rapides Parish. The Old San Antonio pass ran from the area through Texas and down to Mexico City, which is of course linked with David Crockett and the Alamo. Elaine possibly moved to Pittsburgh due to its’ connection with Alexandria founded by Alexander Fulton in 1762 and she is mentioned in her father’s obituary as unknown married daughter Teete in 1902. Anthony Bunn Johnson’s grandfather Anthony Bunn Johnson of Birmingham, England was one of the country’s finest engravers and printers, and created the early maps for the Two largest railway lines in England the Grand Junction 1837 and the London and Birmingham Railway 1839. His brother-in-law Jesse Gething went to the coal fields of Montour Co. PA in the 1850’s as a prospector and then mined the iron ore that fuelled the great transcontinental railways that were developing and it was from that historical background that Anthony Bunn Johnson made his way to the United States of America and worked as a printer and agent in Pittsburgh starting in 1890 having returned to Birmingham briefly after marriage from 1897-1899. Capt David Crockett Paul’s story is incredible and having read American Studies at University in England for three years I have some knowledge of the true meaning of his actions throughout his life. Can you advise me further on this fine LA family, so that I can understand the true feelings of the family associations that have carried so far through time. Having visited Slidell and New Orleans, LA in 1992 I have a lively interest in the area which is now much more significant in Rapides County.

    I look forward to learning more about this remarkable story and please accept my very best wishes,

    Yours Sincerely
    Tom Worley

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