Donald "Don" Gene Farquharson, born to Gene and Elizabeth Farquharson on July 4th 1926, reached his final resting place on August 18th 2014. While being born and raised in Porterville California he attended Vandalia Elementary School, Bartlett Middle School, and Porterville Union High School. He was on the varsity football team and a Major in the Reserve Officer Training Corp. After graduating high school in 1944, he joined the United States Navy with two of his friends Don Hardaway and Royce Wilson. They went to boot camp in San Diego, California with further training in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho; He started out as a First Class Gunner's Mate on the USS Edward Landers, a merchant ship carrying the nation's ammunition, and finished his service as a Chief Petty Officer. During his time in the navy, he met the love of his life, Ruth Holbrook, at a Porterville High football game. They dated for a few years and wed on June 27, 1948.
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After his service in the navy and his marriage to Ruth, Don and Ruth moved to San Francisco, where he attended an architectural college to become an architectural draftsman. He soon got tired of sitting in an office all day, so his father-in-law convinced him to pursue a career in farming. He farmed for over 30 years in the Tipton and Woodville areas and loved every minute of it. Following his retirement from farming, he began to work at Lindner Equipment Company. Don and Ruth later purchased Bill's Liquor eventually changing the location and name to Pioneer Mini Mart while also continuing a custom farming operation. After selling those businesses he worked at Great Western Steel / Frank Bartlett Construction in fabrication and construction work. He retired for good in 1997 in order for him and Ruth to travel across America. Together they made it to all 50 states, except Hawaii.
Don was a member of the Masonic Lodge, Free and Accepted Masons #303 for over fifty years; he was Master of the lodge in 1973, as well as a Past High Priest of the Royal Arch Masons. He was also a member of the Eastern Star Palm Leaf Chapter# 114 in Porterville and was Worthy Patron in 1967 and 2009. He was a member of Tulare County Shriners. He served as President of the Tin Lizzies in 1992, where he drove his Tin Lizzie in numerous parades through out the valley. He was a member of the Bakersfield Scottish Right, as well. In addition to all of these wonderful organizations, he was actively involved within the First United Methodist Church of Porterville.
In his spare time he enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, and being with family and friends. Don is survived by his wife Ruth of 66 years, his two children Edward Farquharson (Stacey), and Beverly Farquharson, two granddaughters Kari Farquharson (Kris Olsen) and Amanda Farquharson, and three great-grandchildren Tristan, Tauren, and Trinity Farquharson. In addition to his wife, children, grand and great-grand children, he is survived by his two sisters Marjorie Mylander and Linda Puette (Paul).
His service will be on Monday, August 25, 10:00a.m. at the Masonic Lodge. In lieu of flowers please send a donation to the Shiner's Hospital, 2425 Stockton Blvd. Sacramento, CA 95817 or the First United Methodist Church, 344 East Morton Ave. Porterville, CA 93257.
Published in The Porterville Recorder on Aug. 26, 2014