Obituary of James T. Farmer
James T. Farmer Jr.was born on February 13, 1936 in Los Angeles, California and died on January 11, 2022 in Eugene, Oregon.
Jimmy grew up in Coburg, Oregon with his parents and four sisters. He left Coburg prior to graduating from high school and joined the U.S. Navy on a "Kiddie Cruise" in 1953. He originally worked as a sheet metal welder, but later realized that the Electricians on board ship had a sweet deal. He attended "A" School and became an Electricians Mate in 1955. He was stationed on an oiler that traveled back and forth between San Diego, California and Honolulu, Hawaii. He left active duty in the Navy in 1956 to return home to Oregon.
He became a member of The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) July 1, 1957 and entered into the Electrical Apprenticeship Program.
He worked in the Willamette Valley and other locations throughout Oregon, primarily Industrial and Commercial Electrical jobs. He began working in Alaska on the Distant Early Warning “DEW Line” in 1982. He continued working there until 1992 when he returned to Oregon to work towards starting his own business. He attended HVAC school in Arizona through ITT for six months. Afterwards, he returned to Junction City, Oregon and began his own business, Farmers Electric, Refrigeration and HVAC. In the early 2000s he began to think about retirement and decelerated his business as he began adding to his career as an Electrical Inspector for Lane County and The Building Department. As he began working less as an Electrician he started taking on more work as an Electrical Inspector and did not fully retire until around 2018. Altogether, he worked in the Electrical field for almost 60 years.
In September 1980 he became a Mason and joined Eugene Masonic Lodge No. 11 in Eugene, Oregon. He served by being installed into almost all the Masonic Lodge Officers positions and eventually became Master of Eugene Lodge No. 11. He was dedicated to the charitable roots of the Masonic organization and gave freely and generously of his time and money. He also joined the Scottish Rite, the Shriners and participated regularly in the Amaranth, the Order of the Eastern Star and the International Order of Rainbow Girls events. Jimmy mentored many new Masons during his years of membership. He particularly enjoyed their scholarship program and their charitable holiday shopping events. He became a devoted University of Oregon Duck Football fan through the Masonic Lodge's Duck Football Parking. His love of Duck Football eventually turned him into being a season ticket holder for several years. He routinely went with his daughter and also took friends and family to enjoy the in person football games.
Jimmy always wanted to take a month long trip to Australia to travel across the country via train. Sadly this never occurred but he did take many memorable trips to Mexico with his ex-wife and friends. He also traveled to Turkey for 21 days in 2009 with his daughter. He enjoyed Masonic trips and would be the bartender and mixer of his famous Margaritas.
He enjoyed varied hobbies: Restoring his Model A hot rod and showing it, serving as softball coach for his daughter’s games, hunting, fishing, gardening and reading. He was a lover of speed and for many years terrified friends riding in his speed boat and in his Porsche. He even attempted to master motorcycles in his 70s, somewhat unsuccessfully.
For many years Jimmy thought he would only be grandfather to ducks, chickens, cats and dogs. But in 2016 he realized his dream of becoming a grandfather to a boy who could carry on the Farmer family name. In 2018 he became a grandfather again to girl/boy twins who will also carry on the Farmer family name.
Jimmy was a generous, caring and outgoing man. He would do almost anything for anyone if they needed help. He was a fantastic story teller and would have anyone listening in stitches with his renditions and catch phrase of "those sons of bitches". Jimmy was well known to be a smooth talker, especially with ladies. He was a great sport and took teasing in stride. He will be missed by all those his life touched through his various interests and associations.
He was preceded in death by his father, mother and sister, Rose. He is survived by his three sisters: Cathy, Geri, and Pat; his daughter, Sadie; and her three children: Sloan, Sahalie and Slater.
Jimmy was a big contributor and believer when it came to helping others. In place of flowers, or if you feel inclined to give, please consider making a donation to the IBEW Apprenticeship Assistance Fund. You can mail a check to:
PO Box 404, Tangent, OR 97389.
Please include in the memo that the donation is in James T. Farmer Jr.’s name.
There will be a Memorial for Jimmy on February 26, 2022 at 11:00 AM at the Elks Lodge located at 2470 W. 11th Ave. in Eugene, Oregon.
If you are planning to attend, please contact Sadie Farmer at 541-221-0757 (text or voicemail). This will be a masked and social distanced event.To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of James Farmer, please visit Tribute Store