San Jose Mercury News
San Jose, CA
January 5, 2007
Ray Kloss Farris
Passed away peacefully at home on January 2, 2007. He was born July 16, 1909 in Cananea, Mexico. He was the son of a mining engineer and grew up in Terra Buena, Sutter County, during the Great Depression. He valued education and worked his way through San Jose State University where he majored in economics. He worked at Worley's Bakery and Agnew State Hospital to support himself. Although he initially started at Stanford Law School, he left to work for New York Life. With determination he became a Life Member of the Million Dollar Round table and enjoyed bringing his wife on extravagant vacations once a year. He was past president of the San Jose Life Underwriters Association. He worked for New York Life for 50 years and was one of their top national agents. He also was an avid real estate investor. He started investing in local properties at 26 years of age and then expanded to Mobile Home Parks. He was past President of the Tri-County Apartment House Association. He was active in religious organizations such as Serra International and became a Knight of Malta.
Those who knew him recall his positive attitude and living each day to the fullest. Some of his favorite sayings include "Never Give Up," "What the mind can perceive, the heart can believe, you can achieve," "If God and your spouse are with you, who could ever be against you," and " You have two choices in life: Be Happy or Be Unhappy."
He was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, Mildred Brown Farris. He is survived by his sister Helen Frank (Richard), Daughter Valerie Bovone (Richard), Son Ray K. Farris II (Giselle), Grandchildren Karen Boswell (Jim), Nancy Brightman (Rich), John Bovone (Kimberly), Chris Bovone (Kelly), Suzanne Smith (Tim), Shannon Cronan (Dan) Laurie Jaquez (Mike), and Jill Bovone, and great-grandchildren Mason, Dylan & Aaron Boswell, Zachary & Sabrina Brightman, Jack, Nathan & Gavin Bovone, Giavanna & Luca Bovone, Sean Patrick & Kelly Leigh Cronan, and Ryder Jaquez.
Friends are invited to attend a visitation Sunday, January 7, 2007, beginning at 4:00 p.m. and a Vigil Service at 7:00 p.m. at LIMA FAMILY-ERICKSON MORTUARY, 710 Willow St., San Jose. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Monday, January 8, 2007, commencing at 11:00 a.m. at St. Christophers Church, (Booksin & Curtner Ave.) San Jose. Interment to follow at Santa Clara Mission Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Notre Dame de Namur University: "The Mildred Brown Farris '29 Alumni Endowed Scholarship Fund", 1500 Ralston Avenue, Belmont, CA 94002-1908 Attention Janiece Bacon Oblak.