William J. Farrell, MD
March 24, 1933 ~ June 12, 2014
William Joseph Farrell passed away peacefully on June 12, 2014 in Boise. William was born in San Francisco, California on March 24,1933 together with his twin brother, James, to William Farrell and Lula Walker. During William's childhood and adolescence the family moved several times. William graduated from Long Beach Polytechnic High School and San Diego State University. The Korean War interrupted William's college years. He was called up to serve his country in the United States Army, stationed in Germany. William went on to study medicine at St. Louis University. He returned to his native San Francisco, and served his internship at San Francisco General Hospital followed by a period of general practice at Kaiser Permanente. It was during this time that William met his future wife, Christine Mueller. The couple married in 1964. William completed his residency in dermatology at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Long Beach, California. After his residency, the young couple relocated to Northern California where William opened his first dermatology practice in Concord, California.
The family grew with the births of Lisa and Andrea. In 1972, William came to Idaho on a hunting trip with his brother and fell in love with the area. He soon moved the family to Boise where he opened his first Idaho practice in the old Eastman Building. William continued to practice dermatology in Boise for more than three decades until he retired in 2003. During this time he dedicated his life to the care for his patients. His greatest joy was to be able to reduce or eliminate the pain and suffering that his patients experienced.
William was curious and inquisitive, always seeking to learn and understand. He was an avid reader who was well versed in literature and always informed on current events. William enjoyed the finer things in life, especially the beauty of the arts. He was a talented painter who looked to perfect his craft. He loved music and enjoyed the seasons at the Boise Philharmonic for many years. He played the guitar until his illness no longer allowed him the pleasure.
William's primary focus was always his family. He was a loving and devoted husband, father, and grandfather. William and Christine celebrated their golden wedding anniversary earlier this year. He took great joy in his grandchildren, never missing an opportunity to watch their activities and celebrate their accomplishments. The wellbeing of those he loved was always paramount and he supported his family in any way he could. As he struggled with Parkinson's disease in his final years, he taught us how to fight and endure with great courage, strength, and grace. We will forever miss his wisdom, his counsel, and his care.
Those thankful for his life and missing him now are his wife, Christine, his daughter Lisa with husband Frank and grandsons Derek and Lukas, his daughter Andrea with husband Jason and grandchildren Oscar, Georgia, and Henry, his brother Jim and wife Pamela with their family, his sisters-in-law Ursula and Susanne and their families, and all the friends, patients, and colleagues William touched during his lifetime. A final thank you to the medical team at St. Luke's Regional Medical Center in Boise where William spent his last days in the care of Dr. Washington and Dr. Gallafent and the nurses on 7E.
A celebration of William's life will be held at Summers Funeral Home, Boise Chapel, on Monday, June 30 at 11:00 am. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that a donation be made in William's memory to the Idaho Humane Society or
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family on William's memorial webpage at www.summersfuneral.com.
Summers Funeral Home - Boise Chapel
1205 West Bannock Street Boise, ID 83702
Published in Idaho Statesman on June 25, 2014