SUMNER — Gerald Alton Farrar, 78, of Sumner, passed away Monday, Feb. 26, while doing what he loved.
Gerald was born April 4, 1939, to Arland and Gertrude Farrar, in the same farmhouse where he later raised his own family. He graduated from Stephens High School in 1957 and served in the United States Navy before returning to his hometown, where he worked at various jobs including the Boise Cascade paper mill before becoming a full-time farrier, taking his kids and grandkids along to visit clients up and down the state. He also spent several years in local realty.
He loved cultivating his orchard and trying to keep up with the yield of his overflowing garden. The grandchildren never knew what new pickles and preserves they would be sent to find down in the cellar — or if there would be a carcass hanging in the barn. Gerald’s beloved hounds were his passion, and he could usually be found hunting coyotes with his nephew, Tim, and all of his buddies.
He is survived by his wife, Sandra Farrar; daughter, Suzan Howard; son, Darin, and wife Vicki; son, Mitchell, and wife, Pam; daughter, Melissa Foss, and husband, Bill; and son, Christopher. He is also survived by 18 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and many others who called him Grampa; his sister, Barbara Edmunds, and husband, Philip; his brother, Dale, and partner, Mary Ann Barrington; as well as many nephews and nieces. He is predeceased by his son, J. Bradbury Gallant; son-in-law, Richard Howard; and brothers, Lee, Eugene and Arlan.
This beloved husband, father, grandfather, uncle and friend will be greatly missed.
Gerald A. Farrar