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Obituary for Don Farrar

A high energy, happy jokester who was fun and honest, Donald George Farrar "Don", age 78, of Bellbrook, passed away Sunday, April 4th, 2021.

Don was born November 16th, 1942 in Albany, California to Wilda (Mann) Farrar and Ira Farrar. He grew up in El Sobrante, California, graduated early from high school, attended Cal Berkeley at age 16, and earned a bachelor's degree from San Jose State College. Before retiring, Don worked as a Computer Mainframe Specialist for Chevron, San Ramon, California.

Preceded in death by his parents, Don is survived by his daughter, Tracy Vogel (Kurt) of Bellbrook; son, Scott Farrar of Boise, Idaho; two grandkids, AJ Vogel and Dia Vogel; brothers, Doug Farrar of Los Altos, California and Dave Farrar (Nancy) of Fremont, California; sister, Janet Susco of Livermore, California; former wife and best friend, Joanne Gabellini; high school best friend, Bob Balsdon; college best friends, Chuck Heinrich and Don Ciucci; and former business partner and best friend, Ron Edson.

Throughout his life, Don was a great admirer of music. His love of music spans from bluegrass and country and the harmonies of the Kingston Trio to pop and smooth jazz. Don played guitar and sang in a band with others in the family, and was inspired by his favorite guitar player, Tommy Emmanuel. To continue his immersion in music, he and his friend from Chevron, Ron Edson, started and ran a DJ business called "Sound Designers".

Don was also enamored with baseball. He was a walking encyclopedia about baseball statistics. In fact, at age 3, he learned to read because he wanted to read baseball news. He enjoyed sharing his love of America's pastime with his family as baseball coach with his son-in-law Kurt, for his grandson AJ's high school summer baseball team. It was obvious that he loved the kids and loved the game. Among other shared passions, Don played softball with his son Scott and daughter Tracy. He also organized many adult sports leagues and umpired. Along with his passion for baseball and his desire to share it with his family, he was an avid Oakland Raiders fan and treasured the times he spent rooting them on with his family by his side.

Don was a numbers guy. He got excited about math, math problems, and math statistics. When numbers would come up in conversations, he could always recall an interesting math fact that would engage people and add to the discussion. In other environments of chat, Don would show his fun side by saying "pull my finger" or "stay thirsty my friends".

Don's family will remember him with adoration as being a truth telling, honest man who was full of integrity and life.

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