James D. Farrar

August 9, 1931 ~ March 28, 2021 (age 89)


James D. Farrar, 89 years old of Great Falls, died peacefully from complications of cancer on March 28, 2021, at his granddaughter, Amanda Johnson’s residence.

Jim was born August 9, 1931, in Illinois, the son of Ruth and Rex Farrar. Jim and his family moved to Montana in the 1940s.

Jim enlisted in the Army in 1951, served his time in Japan and Guam. He returned home in 1953 on a ship via Pearl Harbor. Jim was in the reserves for a short time following.

He met Patricia Peterson while working at Pehrson’s Texaco Station and she cleaned cabins that were close to the gas station. They married on July 5, 1957. He worked for Valley Motor Supply, and they moved from Havre to Shelby before settling down in Harlem. They lived in Harlem for 38 years. Jim retired from Valley Motor Supply in 1983. After spending time at home, Pat decided that he was not ready for retirement. He went to work for the Harlem School District as a cook’s helper. He enjoyed seeing the students at mealtime and quickly learned who liked second helpings. Jim and Pat moved to Chinook in 2000 and then moved to Great Falls in 2006 in order to be closer to medical facilities.

He loved traveling the back roads and never forgot which road was better or worse to travel on. He especially enjoyed going to the Oregon coast and walking on the beach. Jim was proud of each of his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents, wife Patricia, brothers Clinton, Robert, William, and sister Jean.

He is survived by his children Bonnie (Les), Donald (Jeannie), David (Kwi Yo), foster daughter Shirleen Blackbird, grandchildren Amanda, Bailey, Dustin, Michael, James, Tristan, Sarah, Joey, great grandchildren Kole, D’Lonte, Darius, N’ichela, and Natalie, along with numerous nieces and nephews.

The family would like to express their appreciation to Peace Hospice and Sletten Cancer Center for their kindness and support. 

Memorials in James’ name are suggested to Peace Hospice, 1101 26th St. South, Great Falls, MT, 59405, or Sletten Cancer Center, 1117 29th St. South, Great Falls, MT, 59405.

Thanks to Croxford’s Funeral Home for their care in handling the arrangements.

No services per Jim’s request. Ashes will be spread on the Oregon coast by family at a later date.

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