Our History

SERVING NORTHWEST OHIO FOR OVER 75 YEARS!
  • Began in 1936 with James Reid representing The Buckeye Union Insurance Company, known as, James O. Reid Insurance located at 630 Main Street, Toledo, Ohio.
  • In 1950, Howard Patton purchased the agency from Mr. Reid forming Patton-Reid Insurance.
  • In 1970, John Lark was approached by his uncle, Howard Patton, regarding employment with Patton-Reid Insurance. John accepted and worked with his uncle learning the business.

  • In January of 1977, Patton-Reid Insurance was purchased by John Lark and became Patton-Lark. The business was relocated to a building purchased by Mr. Lark at 646 Main Street, Toledo, Ohio.

  • In 1986, John Lark teamed up with Bob Martin and his son Tim to form Martin & Lark Insurance and the agency moved upstairs to 648 1/2 Main Street, Toledo, Ohio.

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  • In 2009, John became the sole owner with the retirement of Tim Martin.
  • In 2012, John’s daughters Tiffany Hendrix and Cori Whipple became part of the agency. Tiffany addresses the financial needs of the agency and Cori is in life insurance sales.
  • In August of 2014, John purchased the current location at 1265 N. Dixie Highway, Rossford, Ohio.

  • In 2015, Richard Reichow joined the staff to expand his insurance career.

  • The agency now represents over 8 companies and employs 8 people.

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