FARMER- William A. Farmer, age 61, passed away July 27, 2006 in Sierra Madre, CA, after a long battle with cancer. He was born on June 16, 1945 in Los Angeles.
Bill graduated from UC Riverside, majoring in mathematics. Bill was the founding chief engineer of the campus radio station KUCR and was once photographed at the control board by Ansel Adams.
Bill began his career as a radio engineer, employed with KABC and KMPC, among other stations. Bill worked the Dodger broadcasts with Vin Scully and was known as “Engineer Bill” on the Gary Owens radio show.
Bill had a life-long interest in railroading, making it both his hobby and career. He managed private railroad passenger cars and rode the rails all over North America. He particularly loved riding trains in Mexico, and was involved with numerous railroad clubs in Southern California.
Bill spent his final years producing videos about railroading and planning for his retirement at Train Mountain Railroad Museum in Chiloquin, OR. Train Mountian
Bill is survived by his sister Pat Ward and her husband Lloyd of Plainview, TX; nephews Clay Ward of Dallas and Cody Ward of Plainview and their wives; three great-nephews and one great-niece. Bill’s parents, William and Azalea Farmer, preceded him in death. A memorial service for Bill will be planned at a later date. Contributions can be made to Pacific Railroad Society of San Marino, CA. Pacific Railroad Society
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