PORTLAND - Ralph "Jay" Farrow died Jan. 8, 2004, in Portland. He was born in Gibbon, Ore., in 1925 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 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 World War II in the South Pacific. Following his service in the Navy, Mr. Farrow returned to Eastern Oregon College where graduated in 1949 with a bachelor's degree.
He began his career in education as a teaching principal in Canyon City, Ore. After earning his masters degree from Colorado State College in 1950, Farrow was an elementary school principal and assistant professor of education at Oregon College of Education in Monmouth, Ore. In 1963, he 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, Mr. Farow was an education consultant for the Northwest Regional Education Laboratory, Portland. He was first based in Guam and worked throughout Micronesia as a consultant for teacher and administrator training. He and Marsha were married in Guam in 1971. Following his time in Guam, Farrow 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, he directed federal programs for the American Samoa Department of Education.
In 1993, Mr. Farrow retired to Ocean Park. 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 the 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.
Mr. Farrow was a member of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, the Ashland, Ore. Elks Club and the Ocean Park, Wash., 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, stepson and stepdaughter Jason and Sabrina Ferte, sister Norma Welch, and nieces Rita Krebs, Lucinda Welch, and Jill Hedges. His stepdaughter Adrienne preceded him in death.
A service with the U.S. Navy Honor Guard was held at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland, on Jan. 16.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Tribal Scholarship Fund c/o the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, Pendleton, Ore. 97801
Arrangement by Gateway Little Chapel of the Chimes, Portland.