Roy Albert Farmer, 89, died Monday, Oct. 16, 2017, at home in White Bird, Idaho. He was born June 2, 1928, in Sacramento, Calif., to Roy and Mayme Farmer.
After high school he went to work for the post office. As part of his duties, he guarded gold shipments going to the railroad, while sitting on the gold bars with a loaded shotgun. Then, in the late 1950s he went to work in the insurance business. He started three general insurance agencies and a NASD broker/dealer firm, where he worked many years until his retirement.
On June 12, 1949, he married his sweetheart, Vivian Mae Crouse. They had three children.
Roy was an avid fisherman and hunter. He loved the outdoors and traveling. He spent his summers fishing, hiking and cross-country skiing in the winter at his parent’s cabin in the California Sierras. British Columbia was another favorite fishing spot. He was his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren’s favorite outdoor guide as he knew the name of every plant, flower and tree.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Vivian; his parents; his brother, Norman; granddaughter, Alisha; and son-in-law, Cariol Dobbs.
Roy is survived by his three children, Roy A. Farmer II, of White Bird, Linda Dobbs, of Dixon, Calif., Alice Johnson of Fairfield, Calif.; 13 grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren.
A viewing was held Friday, Oct. 20, 2017, at the Grangeville Church of the Latter-day Saints, followed by a funeral service. Burial will take place at the White Bird Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Blackmer Funeral Home of Grangeville, Idaho. Send condolences to the family to Blackmerfuneralhome.com.
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