Sudden illness hospitalizes Valley View carrier
Jack Fariss, a longtime Woodinville Weekly employee, has been hospitalized by a case of double pneumonia stemming from an attack of severe arrythmia he suffered in a Fall City restaurant two weeks ago.
At the time of the episode, Jack, 77, was at his usual job of delivering the weekly papers to the countertops of local businesses. As luck would have it, a fireman in the restaurant saw Jack collapse and administered CPR, saving his life.
Jack is still listed in critical condition, but is holding his own and is slowly getting better, say family members. He continues to be heavily sedated.
Jack was not only a newspaper carrier, but a part-time writer as well, his byline appearing in business news stories or feature articles for the Woodinville Weekly and the Valley View.
Jack liked to keep busy so he never really retired, said his wife, Betty. He had been in the hardware business, working for several different stores, before retiring from that occupation. "He was even planning to go back to Seattle Pacific University for more classes," Betty said.
His energy and zest for life continue through the family. His daughter, Peggy Berdan of Duvall, recently received an award from the King County Police, and his grandson, Scott Berdan, who graduated from Cedarcrest High School last Saturday, was valedictorian of his class.