Ralph Arthur Farrow, Jr.
Aug. 25, 1925~Jan. 8, 2004
Ralph "Jay" Farrow was born in Gibbon, Oregon, on the Umatilla Indian Reservation to Ralph and Beulah (Young) Farrow. He spent his early years developing a love for hunting and fishing with his father and grandfather. Music was a big part of his life starting with the Farrow family band when he was a child. He graduated from Long Creek High School in 1942 and attended Eastern Oregon College in LaGrande for one year before joining the U.S. Navy. He served from 1943 to 1946 during WWII in the South Pacific. Following his service in the Navy, Ralph returned to Eastern Oregon College, where he graduated in 1949 with a Bachelor's degree.
He began his career in education as a teaching principal in Canyon City, Oregon. After earning his Master's degree from Colorado State College in 1950, Ralph was an elementary school principal and assistant professor of education at Oregon College of Education in Monmouth, Oregon. In 1963, Ralph received his Doctorate in Education from Stanford University. He returned to Oregon College of Education as a professor of education until 1970.
From 1970 to 1981, Ralph was an education consultant for the Northwest Regional Education Laboratory, Portland, Oregon. He was first based in Guam and worked throughout Micronesia as a consultant for teacher and administrator training. Ralph and Marsha were married in Guam in 1971. Following his time in Guam, Ralph was director for NWREL office in American Samoa. He returned to Oregon in 1973 as a consultant for NWREL's Indian Reading and Language Program. From 1985 to 1989, Ralph directed federal programs for the American Samoa Department of Education.
In 1993, Ralph retired to Ocean Park, Washington. He spent his time doing the things he loved most -- golfing, hunting, and especially, fishing with his son and grandson in Maui. He enjoyed making friends, traveling and spending winters in Arizona. He left retirement for a short period when he was called in 1999 to serve as director for federal programs for the government of American Samoa.
Ralph was a member of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, the Ashland, Oregon Elks Club, and the Ocean Park, Washington Surfside Men's Golf Club and Fraternal Order of Eagles.
Survivors include his wife, Marsha; son and daughter-in-law, Dan and Diane; granddaughter and grandson, Anna and Marlin; step-son and step-daughter, Jason and Sabrina Ferte; sister Norma Welch; and nieces, Rita Krebs, Lucinda Welch, and Jill Hedges. His step-daughter, Adrienne preceded him in death.
A service with the U.S. Navy Honor Guard will be held at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland, Oregon on Friday, January 16, 2004 at 2 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Tribal Scholarship Fund c/o the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, Pendleton, Oregon 97801.
Arrangements by Gateway Little Chapel of the Chimes, Portland. 503-256-0606
Rex W. Morgan
A celebration of life for Rex W. Morgan will be held at — p.m. Monday, January 19th, 2004 at the Christian Church of Ashland, at 2nd and B Streets in Ashland. Following the service there will be an interment at Mountain View Cemetery. The Ashland Elks are providing a potluck and wake in Rex's honor at 3:30 p.m. at the Elks Lodge.
There will be a viewing on Sunday at Litwiller-Simonsen Funeral Home from — to 6 p.m.
Mr. Morgan passed away suddenly on Monday (Jan. 12th, 2004) at Providence Medford Medical Center. He was 73.
Rex was born June 1, 1930, in North Platte, NB to Wilber and Doris (Sillasen) Morgan. They moved to Ashland in 1935. Wilber started Ashland Refrigerator Service in 1939, which was the first of its kind in the Rogue Valley.
Rex graduated from Ashland Senior High School and married Darlene Coss. They had 5 children: Paul, Diana, Daniel, Rex A. and Lorraine. They later divorced in 1962. He was married to Ruth Lewis from 1964-1974. In 1978, he and Eva Holgate married and were together for 20 years. From January 1st, 2001, his constant companion and life mate has been Karen Hutchings.
He was a 40-year member of the Ashland Kiwanis Club, with perfect attendance, serving in a number of capacities, including President. The Morgans have been long-time members of the Ashland Elks Lodge no. 944, starting with his parents. Most recently, Rex has served them as Trustee and Patriotic Chairman. Mr. Morgan was a visible, hard working and well respected participant of the Ashland community.
Karen; his children, Paul, Diana, Daniel, and Lorraine; his brother Louis D. Morgan; 7 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; and — nephews, survive Rex. His parents, a sister, his son Rex A., and Darlene Coss, preceded him in death.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Ashland Kiwanis Club, P.O. Box 449, Ashland, OR 97520 in Rex's name.