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John William Farmer Jr.

Wednesday, January 2, 2019
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May 30, 1949 – December 3, 2018

Memorial services for John William “Johnny” Farmer, Jr. of Hobbs, NM will be held Saturday, January 5, 2019 at the Lovington Youth Center

in Lovington, NM at 2:00 p.m. MST.

Johnny was born to John W. Farmer Sr. and Myrt Bouse Farmer on May 30, 1949 in Oklahoma City, OK. He moved to Seminole in October 1954 where he attended school, graduating from Seminole High School in May 1967. He attended South Plains College where he graduated in 1971. He passed away on Monday, December 3 at the age of 69, after a short bout with cancer.

He married Cheri West in March 1980. Together, they had one son, James West Farmer. Cheri preceded him in death on June 27, 2017.

Johnny retired from MidAmerica Pipeline Co. He was later a co-owner in a safety company. He had various part time jobs after his retirement. During all this time, he was a member of the Knowles Fire Department in Knowles, NM, just north of Hobbs. He served as their Chief for several years. He was also an EMT for 35 years. John also served as President for the New Mexico State Firefighters Association, and was a lifetime member. For the past several years, Johnny served as the EMT on duty for the drag races at Hobbs Motorsports Park.

As quoted by Steve Stevenson of the New Mexico State Firefighters Association: Retired Fire Chief John Farmer has reported for duty to Heaven Station 1, and will assume his duties. Our brother John has been a great friend and mentor. He will be missed by many. John has touched hundreds, if not thousands of lives. There is definitely a large hole in the world tonight.

Besides hanging out with his grandsons, among Johnny’s greatest loves was his Dallas Cowboys. He was a true fan.

Johnny was preceded in death by his wife Cheri & his parents John & Myrt Farmer.

He is survived by his son James and wife Katie of Seminole; two sisters Cathy Thomas & husband Vance of Sulphur, LA and Cindy Black & husband Gerome of Seminole; two grandsons Jaxon Farmer & Jeremy Wright of Seminole; nephews Bart Thomas of Seminole and Gerod Black of Edmond, OK; nieces Rachel Hatley of Seminole and Casey Reed of Lubbock, among other family members. He is also survived by a host of firefighter & EMS brothers & sisters.