Jerry D. Farmer

Jerry D. Farmer, 77, of Galt, passed away peacefully in his home on Oct. 17, 2019 surrounded by his family. He was born in Holdenville, Oklahoma on Sept 15, 1942. He and his family moved to Galt in 1946 where they purchased the Harvey Ranch from Ms. Genevieve Harvey.

The Farmer family ran a dairy on the property for almost 20 years. Jerry often spoke of working on the dairy from the age of 7 when he would wake at dark to milk cows and do his chores with his younger Brother Leroy before going to school each day. Jerry graduated from Galt High School in 1961 and then served in the National Guard until 1966.

The Farmers were well known in the community. Jerry’s mother Gladys owned the Sunshine Café in 1950 and later managed the Galt Flea Market for 33 years from 1953-1988. His father, Lee Farmer, was a dairyman and auctioneer at the Galt Market.

Jerry was married in 1971 to Pamela (Sue) Whitcomb of Galt and they had one son, Shawn Farmer. They divorced about a year later.

Jerry remained in Galt for many years, working for Woodbridge Vineyard Association in Lodi. He spent much of his time with his son Shawn. Jerry enjoyed fishing, hunting, motorcycles and classic cars. He also enjoyed spending time with his family, including card games with family and friends.

Jerry moved to Seminole, Oklahoma in 1990 to be near family and remained there for over 20 years. Jerry would frequently make trips to Galt to visit his son and grandchildren.

His hobbies included “picking” (buying and selling antiques), something his son and he enjoyed together, including trips together to Oklahoma.

After the death of his mother in 2009, Jerry returned to Galt in 2012 to make his home here once again near his grandchildren.

He was diagnosed with cancer in 2012 and underwent multiple treatments over the following seven years. During this time, he remained very active and rarely slowed down. Jerry enjoyed going to garage sales, trips to Oregon, playing softball, and seeing his granddaughters.

Jerry will be remembered for his energy, hard work ethic, and ability to out-talk anyone. Above all, he will be remembered for his selflessness, generosity, and kind heart. He was always willing to help when needed, and rarely said no when people asked.

His son and granddaughters remember him for his stories and teaching them about the world around them.

He was admitted to the hospital in early September for complications due to his cancer. After a month-long stay, he no longer wished to keep fighting. His family brought him home on Oct. 10. Many friends and acquaintances came to see him in his final days. He passed peacefully on the morning of Oct. 17 with his son and daughter-in-law at his side. He was cremated, and his ashes will be laid to rest in Galt and Oklahoma near his beloved mother.

Preceding him in death were his mother Gladys and father Lee, his older Brother Bob Townsend, as well as beloved cousins and close friends.

Jerry is survived by his brother Leroy Farmer of Washington, sister Kathy (Lee) Lewis of Missouri; his son Shawn Farmer and wife Heather (Henke); three granddaughters, Kalyn (24), Kristian (23) and Megan (17), all of Galt; and many nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, Nov. 9 at 11 a.m. at the Estrellita Ballroom, 415 C Street in Galt. The family would like to invite his friends and anyone who knew Jerry to attend.

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