Ken is preceded in death by his parents, Chuck and Elsie Farrier and sister Ruth Strasser.
Ken was born July 25, 1946 in Oregon and graduated with a Master’s of Science in Electrical Engineering from Portland State University in 1969. He was a passionate engineer who was always creating new projects for work and fun. He accomplished much professionally, including design of the first commercial Air Threat Collision Avoidance System. The design was approved and mandated by the FAA for all commercial airlines beginning in 1989. Co-workers described Ken as enthusiastic about his work, very helpful to fellow team members and a tremendous pleasure to work with.
Ken enjoyed the great outdoors and spent time volunteering in Yellowstone Park during college summers. Ken loved to take summer family vacation road trips to visit extended family and tour Lake Tahoe and anywhere in nature. He made annual hiking trips to Yosemite (one of his favorite places) with family and solo until he could no longer physically hike Ken could be quiet and introspective or talk endlessly about any topic. He was a compassionate father who made bedtime stories and goodnight lullabies on his guitar a priority. Ken loved traditions, such as scouting and chopping down a family Christmas tree and making large holiday dinners for extended family. Ken was creative, artistic, logical, determined and constantly dreaming up a new plan. He loved gardening and having a pet cat around to make mischief.
Left to celebrate and remember Ken is his wife, Linda: daughters, Shawn, Deborah, Christa, Renee and Maryanne; brother, Cliff; a number of beloved grandchildren, nieces, nephews,cousins and in-laws.
In lieu of flowers, the family encourages memorial donations be made to your favorite local animal shelter or Diabetes research foundation.