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Clifford Newton Farrar, Jr.

Posted By Ardra Hansen On February 28, 2011 @ 12:00 am In Obituaries | No Comments

Clifford Newton Farrar, Jr.

Clifford Newton Farrar Jr., 88, peacefully passed away on February 28, 2011. Born in Gallup, NM on January 8, 1923, he played on the 1940 Gallup High School Champion Football team. He married the love of his life, Ethelyn Mitchell, his wife of 68 years, in San Francisco in 1942. Clifford served in the Army Air Corp during World War II. After the war, Cliff became a watchmaker and worked for his uncle at Wurm’s Jewelry in Gallup. In 1951, the family moved to Redlands, CA where he went into business for himself and opened Clifford Farrar Jewelers. 21 years later, the family moved to Maui, Hawaii where they bought a jewelry store at the Maui Hilton. They spent 13 years in the Hawaiian Islands, when they returned to Aptos, CA to work with son Rodney in his jewelry business. His oldest son, Brad, had moved to Scottsdale and Cliff and Ethelyn followed him in 1995. Cliff went to work as the Gemologist/Appraiser for Reve’ Jewelers until his passing. Clifford was a proud Eagle Scout, Graduate Gemologist Appraiser, G.I.A., Certified Gemologist, AGS, and Certified Insurance Appraiser. He had been President of Maui Rotary, Pacific Jewelry Show, So. California Chapter American Gem Society, California Jewelers Assn, Kiwanis Club of Redlands, and 20-30 Club, Gallup, NM. He is listed in the Who’s Who in the Jeweler Business. Cliff was also a private pilot. The most important of his life’s accomplishments was his love for Ethelyn and for his family, his love of God and country, his generosity, kindness and his wonderful sense of humor. He will be greatly missed by his family and by all who knew and loved him. He leaves behind his wife, Ethelyn, daughter, Beverly Host and husband Kevin, sons: Bradrick Farrar and partner Linda Polan, Rodney Farrar and wife Celeste, David Farrar and wife Nancy; Grandchildren: Nicole Fahrer, Caroline, Rachelle, Taylor, Eric and Brieanne Farrar, Jason and Jesse Steffan and his great granddaughters Alexa Fahrer and Sophia Steffan. A Celebration of Life will be held on March 7, 2011, at noon at the Chart House in Scottsdale. Donations can be made to Arizona Golden Rescue 5350 W. Bell Rd. Ste. C122-158, Glendale, AZ 85308.

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Condolence from Anonymous on March 4th, 2011 12:00 am

Dear Ethelyn and family, I shall always remember the joy and warmth of Clifford and the wonderful laughter and hospitality he shared with those of us lucky enough to have known him. Sincerely, Joani Frankel

Condolence from Anonymous on March 5th, 2011 12:00 am

Brad and Linda: our thoughts and prayers are with you. We are so sorry for your loss. Know we are there in spirit.

Condolence from Anonymous on March 7th, 2011 12:00 am

It is such a sad day to say goodbye to a wonderful man like Cliff. Cliff inspired and touched the lives of everyone he met. He would always greet you with a smile and a handshake. I will miss seeing Cliff’s smiling face and will fondly remember seeing him work on the watches at Farrar Jewelers. My thoughts and prayers go out to the entire family. I wish we could be there today to share in the Celebration of Life. Love, Allison, Robert, Nathan and Isabelle Mintz

Condolence from Anonymous on March 7th, 2011 12:00 am

To Mrs. Farrar, Brad, Beverly, Rod, David and families, We were so saddened to read about Mr. Farrar’s passing. We’ve been reminiscing about the “good old days” on Serpentine in Redlands. Our hearts go out to all of you. You are in our prayers. The Serrao Family … Bruce, Nancy, Bonnie and Fran

Condolence from Anonymous on March 7th, 2011 12:00 am

We were so sorry to hear about Cliff’s passing. My fond childhood memories of Serpentine Drive always include playing with all the neighborhood kids and listening to the “Lancers” practice in the garage. My parents so enjoyed the company of Cliff and Ethelyn. Our thoughts are with you all. There is quite a beautiful crowd in heaven and Cliff has joined them. Fondly, Laurie, Kenton and Clay

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