The State Journal-Register (Springfield, Ill.)
Donald L. Farris, 71, passed away Monday, Sept. 12, 2011, in Abilene, KS. He was born June 4, 1940 in Springfield, IL, the son of Howard V. and Esther M. (Smith) Farris-Search. Growing to manhood in Springfield, he attended local schools, graduated from Lanphier High School, received his B.S. from Millikin University in Decatur, IL and his M.A. from California State University - Dominguez Hills.
On Aug. 17, 1963, he married Judith Ann Bretz in Huntingburg, IN. Their early married life was spent following his Air Force career in Indiana, Texas, Florida, Colorado, California, Illinois, Wisconsin and the last twenty years in Abilene. He had been employed as a sales manager in farm equipment, retiring in 2008 and then worked part time for NAPA in Abilene. He was preceded in death by a brother, Larry William Farris.
He is survived by his wife, Judith Ann Farris, of Abilene, KS; 2 sons, Michael Howard Farris of Newbury Park, CA, and Jason William Farris, of Gilbert, AZ; 1 granddaughter, Monroe Savannah Farris, of Newbury Park, CA; 2 sisters, Linda Collins, of Springfield, IL and Nancy Walcott, of E. Thompson, CT.
The family suggests memorial contributions in his name be given to Donald L. Farris memorial fund in support of Millikin University.