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Tom Farrar

Published on January 8, 2004 12:01AM


Tom Farrar, 60, of Joseph, died Dec. 30, 2003, in St. Helens. He was born May 3, 1943, in Glens Falls, N. Y., to Hartwell and Edna (DeMars) Farrar.

After living in and attending schools in Warrensburg, N. Y., he served in the U. S. Navy from the age of 17 until his first retirement. During his Navy career, he served on an icebreaker in the Antarctic, attended electronics school, Naval Tactical Data Systems school and air traffic control school, served on the U. S. S. Horne off the coast of Vietnam as an air traffic controller for which he earned various medals, and as a recruiter in Portland and Juneau, Alaska. He was named Navy recruiter of the year for the Pacific Northwest in 1971. After his Navy career, he served as a parole and probation officer for Columbia County in St. Helens until he retired for a second time and relocated to Joseph in 1995. In 1999, he returned to Columbia County Community Corrections as a temporary employee. Tom was active in the Scappoose and Wallowa Valley Kiwanis clubs, Lions Club, Red Cross and Crime Stoppers in Enterprise, served as a volunteer driver for Community Connections, was a volunteer angling instructor for youth for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, and enjoyed fishing and hunting.

Survivors include his wife of 33 years, Beverly Heatherington Farrar; a son, Thomas Dale of Salem, and two half-sisters, Ronda Robinson of New Jersey and Vera Smith of Florida. He was preceded in death by his parents.

A memorial service was held Jan. 3 at the Scappoose Senior Center with interment following at the Prairie Creek Cemetery in Joseph. A memorial service will be scheduled for a later date in Joseph as well. Memorial contributions may be made to the Wallowa County Youth Fishing Program through Rosemary Peterson at 541-426-3279.



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