Jack Fariss was born Jan. 14, 1919 in Seattle and died July 5 at Overlake Hospital in Bellevue from complications of an arrythmia he suffered June 5 in Fall City.
He is survived by his wife, Betty Jane Hedberg. Their first date was on the 4th of July 60 years ago and they were looking forward to their 56th anniversary in August.
Jack is also survived by his son Chris Fariss of Cordova, Alaska; daughter and son-in-law, Pegi and Dave Berdan of Duvall; and grandchildren Jamie Fariss and Jeff, Scott, Kevin, and Sarah Berdan.
He served in the National Guard, Army, and Navy. He had a career in hardware and appliance sales for Fariss & Son Hardware, Sears, and Ernst.
He was a voracious reader, romantic, philosopher, perennial student at BCC and SPU, enjoyed writing (especially poetry), was a regular at grandchildren's athletic events, and a familiar, smiling face in Duvall, Carnation, and Fall City as he delivered the local Valley View newspaper each week.
Jack was a life member of Laurel Lodge #13 in Roseburg, Oregon; life member of Scottish Rite of Freemasonry #32 in Seattle; and Past Master of Lakeside Lodge #258, Bellevue.
He was an active member of Redmond United Methodist Church, where services will be held July 10, 11:30 a.m., 16540 NE 80th. Remembrances are suggested to Redmond United Methodist Church or Fire District #27 in Fall City.
The Duvall Book Store
by Jack Fariss
The sign outside the door is handpainted
Welcome, Used Books Bought and Sold
There's a faint odor from the back, slightly tainted
I enter and almost every book I see is so very old
The shelves of books are orderly and neat
Each selection has its own sign
To read them all would be quite a feat
Even so, greedy me, I wish them mine
Today I have very little time
Sandburg beckons, philosophy, too
Religion and poetry, it's so sublime
A book titled "Sonnets" catches my eye, it will do
With a smile, Mike takes my money
I go out the door, the day is so sunny