Port Commissioners


Earle Marvin

Mr. Marvin is immediate past Chair and currently serves as Secretary to the Board of Commissioners. Earle is a retired Air Force Civil Engineering Officer with 29 years civilian experience as a Contracts Manager. As a local cattle rancher, he strongly advocates the necessity to spark economic growth within Columbia County.


Fred Crowe

Fred Crowe is the current Chair of the Port of Columbia Commission. Fred earned a PhD in Plant Pathology from UC Davis in 1978. Most of his professional years were spent at OSU as a research professor and extension pathologist specializing in diseases of true and vegetative seed of vegetables, grass and peppermint crops. In semi-retirement, Fred has been a private consultant on vegetable diseases, and a partner in a small business that grows and sells pathogen-free specialty garlic varieties.

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Dan Aschenbrenner

Dan Ashenbrenner brings valuable experience from the private sector to his new position on the Port of Columbia Board of Commissioners. Before starting his current position as a welding instructor for Walla Walla Community College, Dan worked for various manufacturing companies and owned his own small manufacturing firm, which was a tenant business in the Port’s Rock Hill Industrial Park. Dan also brings experience from other governments to the Port, having served as an elected school board member and as a planning commission member.