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“Captain Farmer was my 2nd of three Captains on the USS Seminole AKA 104 and the one I served longest under. the day Captain Farmer took Command of...Read More »
1 of 6 | Posted by: Terry Johnson - Zebulon, NC

“A Father that most sons and daughters would like to have. What a blessed life and family he had. ”
2 of 6 | Posted by: Judy Niewedde - Friend of Dave's

“A great loss, but a great life your father led! He will be in the best of company at Arlington! God Bless! ”
3 of 6 | Posted by: Jackie Cooper - friend of Dave's

“May Captain Farmer have Fair Winds And Following Seas on his last great deployment into Eternity. ”
4 of 6 | Posted by: Steven Ewing - Cape Coral, FL

“Fair seas and smooth sailing Dad. ”
5 of 6 | Posted by: David Farmer - Son

“Beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, friend and honored Veteran. We'll all miss you and wait for the day we will all be back...Read More »
6 of 6 | Posted by: David Farmer - Fountain Valley, CA


Roy E. Farmer was born in Los Angeles, California in 1923, the son of Murald Farmer (1902-1986) a native of Idaho, and Mary Ogden (1903-1976) of Inglewood, California. His brother Harold was born in San Diego, California in 1929, and his sister Mary June (1936-1967) was born in Coronado, California. Harold (1929-2013) lived in San Diego with his wife Mary Lou.

Roy attended Coronado public schools, graduating from Coronado High School in June 1941. Roy reminisced about getting out of school for a day to sail a boat around the ferry boat carrying President Franklin Roosevelt from Coronado to San Diego in October 1935. His senior year in high school he was a member of the football and basketball teams that won the Metropolitan League championships, receiving a gold football and gold basketball for these achievements.
After High School he worked at the North Island Naval Air Station as a Civil Service apprentice aircraft mechanic. He was working at North Island when Pearl Harbor was attacked on December 7, 1941 which drew the United States into World War II.

Roy joined the U.S. Navy in October 1942, as an Aviation Cadet and was commissioned an Ensign Naval aviator on April 1, 1944.
During the war he flew hellcat fighter aircraft from an aircraft carrier. He is credited with downing two Japanese aircraft.

Roy married Rena Mae Cox (1926-1969) in March 1946. He fathered eight children, six boys and two daughters.
He married Barbara Williams (1920-2010), a native of London, England at the Bolling Air Force Chapel in Washington D.C. on April 26, 1970.

Roy's naval duties included: Commanding Officer of two aircraft carrier squadrons and Commanding Officer of the USS Seminole (AKA-104) operating in amphibious operations in Vietnam in 1967. He served as Commanding Officer of the Naval Air Weapons Engineering Activity at the Washington D.C. Navy Yard: deployed on four Pacific area and four Atlantic area cruises. Each cruise varied from seven to nine months duration.

Roy engaged in combat operations in three wars; World War II, Korea and Vietnam. His awards include three Distinguish Flying Crosses and six Air Medals. Roy retired from the Navy as a Captain in 1974, after thirty two years service.
From 1975 until 1987 he was VICE president of MILCOM Systems Corporation; an electronic design, installation and maintenance company.
Since 1987, he resided with his wife Barbara (1920-2010) in Lake Forest California, and has been actively engaged in community services. He has served as President of a 500 home homeowners association, and served on the Board of Directors of his area's water district, Los Alisos Water District.

He attended several of his naval squadron's reunions thru out the years and kept in touch with quite a few of his fellow aviators. Yes he was OLD NAVY all the way!

He is survived by his 3 children: Mary Tryon, Tom Farmer, David Farmer, 13 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.

He was a family man as a loving husband, father and grandfather and will be missed.

Each day that goes by we are losing some of the greatest and bravest men this nation has ever known. We are losing those men who have fought for our freedom in World War II, Korea and Vietnam and my dad is one of them and we are proud of him.

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