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Obituary: Farr, Thomas Arthur

Age 71

FARR, Thomas Arthur August 5, 1942 - November 25, 2013 Thomas Arthur Farr, 71, beloved husband, father, and grandfather, died November 25, 2013 in Edmonds, Washington, surrounded by his family. Tom was born in Lewiston, Idaho to George and Lulu Farr and grew up in Spokane with brothers Bill and Don. He graduated from Lewis and Clark High School, then attended Washington State University and Eastern Washington University, earning a degree in Finance. He married Margrethe Husom, another LC Tiger, in 1964. Tom worked for Old National Bank in Spokane until 1981, when he moved his family to Seattle to accept a position with Seafirst Bank. He started the private banking division at Seafirst, then later joined The Commerce Bank of Washington. Tom also served as the Chairman of the Board of Horizon Credit Union. In 1997, he left banking to purchase PetroCard Systems with partner Bristol Bay Native Corporation, serving as President and CEO of PetroCard until his retirement in 2007. He was an active participant in his community: in Spokane, he was a member of Central Lutheran Church, a member of the Spokane Club, and active in Wampum, a civic organization supporting the arts. After he and Margrethe moved to Seattle, he became a member of First Lutheran Church of Richmond Beach. He joined the Rotary Club (first Bellevue, then Seattle #4), was a member of the Washington Athletic Club, and was active in PONCHO. Tom loved piloting airplanes, riding motorcycles and driving boats of all kinds. He was kind and patient beyond measure. He could fix anything. He loved a good joke or a good prank. He was his grandsons’ first choice when they needed someone to take out a sliver or to teach them to waterski at Priest Lake, where he spent his summers. After retirement he and Margrethe also enjoyed time on Maui and in Surprise, Arizona. He is survived by his wife Margrethe Husom Farr; two daughters, Molly Farr Kosten (Michael) and Amy Farr Collins (Tony); grandsons Charlie and Peter Kosten; and step-granddaughter Hannah Kosten; brother Donald Farr (Annetta); niece Kathy Prince (Joel); brother William Farr (Ollie); sister-in-law and brother-in-law Betsy and Thomas Newman; nephew Michael Ross; and niece Elissa Ross; and extended family and friends. Tom will be missed greatly by his family and all who knew him, but we are exceedingly grateful for his life and the time we did have with him. A memorial service celebrating his life will be held at First Lutheran Church of Richmond Beach, 18354 8th Avenue NW, Shoreline, WA 98177, on Saturday, December 7 at 1:00 p.m. Donations in Tom’s memory may be made to First Lutheran Church of Richmond Beach (, to The Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation ( or to the charity of your choice.