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Walter L. Farmer Jr. Obituary
FARMER Walter L. Farmer Jr., 67, passed away on January 29, 2014 at his home in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Walt was born, and raised, in Jacksonville, Fl. to Walter L. Sr. and Verona M. Farmer, attending Ribault Senior High School, Class of 1964. Walt attended Florida State University and Florida Atlantic University, receiving a degree in music in 1968. After graduating he taught music and American history in Jacksonville and San Antonio, TX. Walt enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1969 and rose to the rank of Captain, before having to retire early due to being diagnosed with cancer in 1971 and again in 1976. His military career would have him wearing many hats: He attended flight school and later was a Titan II launch officer & missile procedures trainer at Little Rock AFB, 308th Strategic Missile Wing, 373rd SM Squadron. He was also a basic training squadron commander in San Antonio, TX. He was indeed a patriot, for not only did he serve his country in the Air Force, but he also worked with numerous veterans associations, helping those who also served proudly for our country. Walt married the love of his life, Kathryn Rupert, in 1984 in San Antonio. They had many wonderful years and adventures together. Walt's love of nature drew him to many countries and ultimately to Jackson Hole, where he and Kay have resided for the past 22 years. Walt had a variety of projects in the Jackson Hole community: He worked with the Jackson Hole Shootout Gang, he volunteered at the Grand Teton Music Festival where he also served as a house manager. His love of history drew him to the Historical Society as a volunteer and music once again surfaced when he volunteered for the Jackson Community Radio station KHOL. He was also an avid amateur astronomer and he loved to share the love of the night sky with friends and visitors. One of his proudest moments was becoming an author. He published a book Wyoming, A History of Film and Video in the 20th Century. Included in the book is a film history of The Making of Shane in Jackson's Hole, Wyoming which was a film he enjoyed. After working with the shootout gang in Jackson, he published Shootout on the Town Square: The Story of the Jackson Hole Shootout. Walt was a good soul. He loved his family and his friends and he felt it was an honor and a gift to have so many in his life. He also was loved and respected by many and will be greatly missed. Walt is survived by his wife, Kay Farmer; his brother, Malcolm Farmer (Debbie) of Jacksonville, FL; his nephew Matthew Farmer and niece Amanda Seratt of Jacksonville, FL. Buddy and Ninja, Walt and Kay's purring kids are missing his spirit as well. Walt's memorial service will be on Monday, Feb. 10th at 3p.m., with a reception at 4p.m. at The Presbyterian Church of Jackson Hole, 1251 South Park Loop Rd. Walt has requested that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to The Fisher House, www.fisherhouse.org/donate or by mail to: Fisher House Foundation, Inc., 111 Rockville Pike, Suite 420, Rockville, MD 20850-5168 The Fisher House helps families of veterans. Please Sign the Guestbook @ Jacksonville.com
Published in the Florida Times-Union on Feb. 5, 2014
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