Chic Farro, 84 years of age of Salmon, Idaho passed away on Sunday, April 27, 2014 in Salmon. A Memorial service will be held on June 26th, 2014 10:30 a.m. at the St. Charles Catholic Church. Inurnment will be in the Salmon Cemetery with Military Honors by the American Legion Lloyd Shaw Post #67 and the Idaho Honor Guard. Arrangements are under the direction of the Jones & Casey Funeral Home. Website: jonesandcaseyfh.com
Cyril Edward Farro was born on June 14, 1929 in San Jose, California the only son of Cyril and Emma Farro. Known as Chic to his family and friends, he grew up in San Jose where he graduated from San Jose Tech High School in 1947.
Chic worked as an electrician, until one day during his lunch hour in July of 1950 he decided to enlist in the Air Force. He completed basic training in San Antonio, Texas followed by tech school in Panama City, Florida, beginning his 25 year military career as a Security Policeman.
His first assignment was to a radar site in Neah Bay, Washington in November 1950, then Great Falls Air Force Base, Montana in February in 1951. Chic went to Fortuna Air Force Base, North Dakota in July 1951 which was about 30 miles from Crosby, North Dakota.
In September 1951, Chic was on Town patrol in Crosby when he walked into George’s Electric and met the love of his life, Verna Wells. After a 9 month courtship, Chic took Verna on the train to San Jose to meet his parents, who happily accompanied them while they eloped to Reno, Nevada to be married on June 26, 1952. They returned to Crosby where Verna stayed while Chic completed a tour in Korea. Verna gave birth to their first son, Mike in 1953 while Chic was still serving during the Korean War.
After returning home from Korea, Chic and Verna had a short stay at Point Arena Air Force Base, California. They were then stationed at Mather Air Force Base in Sacramento, California where their daughter Cindy was born in 1955.
In 1956 they transferred to Klamath Falls, Oregon where their son John was born the following year. In 1959 they moved on to England for two years, then to Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland where their son Steve was born in 1963.
During the remainder of Chic’s military career they lived at numerous duty stations including Albuquerque, New Mexico then Wiesbaden, Germany and twice in Great Falls, Montana. Chic spent a year in Vietnam between the two Great Falls assignments.
Chic retired from the Air Force in January 1975. He and Verna then moved to Salmon with their two youngest children John and Steve. Chic was also happily reunited with friends Fred Porter and Everett Kearsley, whose lifetime friendship began while serving in the Air force together at Klamath Falls, Oregon.
In 1976 Chic began a second career with the U.S. Forest Service. He worked as a temporary Forest Technician through 1981, working with and supervising tree planting and trail clearing crews and performing administrative duties. His administrative skills, acquired during his military career were quickly noticed.
Chic was offered the opportunity to train for and accept the career appointment of Timber Sales Administrator for the Salmon Ranger District in 1981, which also included the Leadore and North Fork Ranger Districts. It was really a labor of love for Chic, spending most of his days in the outdoors and he received many awards for outstanding performance of his duties. After 18 years, Chic retired from the Forest Services in April of 1993.
Chic and Verna felt blessed by their life in Salmon. They spent much of their time down river at their cabin on Owl Creek, where Chic enjoyed many hunting and fishing adventures with Fred Porter and a few other special friends. His favorite times were those times, shared celebrations with the “Down River Bunch”, and the many 4th of July’s spent with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren at Owl Creek.
Chic is survived by his three sons: Mike (Teri) Farro of Sierra Vista, Arizona, John (Susie) Farro of Missoula, Montana, Steve (Lisa) Farro of Meridian, Idaho; one daughter Cindy Farro Sauceda of Salmon, Idaho; seven grandchildren: Kristy, Amber, Stevon, Kari, Matthew, Christopher and Marina; four great-grandchildren: Riley, Ariana, Ayden and Gavin; one sister Sandra Alves of San Jose, California; cousin Larry “Sonny” (Gina) Farro of San Jose, California; numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Verna, parents and great grandson Kaden. Memorials may be made to Salmon Valley Hospice at 506 Van Dreff Street, Salmon, Idaho 83467.