Cliff and Janna Kellogg, Washington Falconers Association
ichael Stephan Farrell passed away
on Saturday, December 1, 2018.
Michael was born in Bozeman,
Montana March 31, 1948 to
Edward and Mary Farrell. He was a
brother to Paul and Mark Farrell, Stephanie Becholt
and Jennifer William. Mike graduated from Gonzaga
Prep High School in 1966 where he ran track and set
a city record for pole vaulting.
He worked at Welk Brothers Metal Products where
he started out as a welder and worked his way up
to Quality Assurance & Certification Manager for
nuclear pressure vessels at The Hanford Site nuclear
production complex. After the dissolution of Welk
Brothers, Mike returned to school and earned
a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration
from Eastern Washington University in 1986. He
subsequently worked in managerial positions for
Pearson Packaging and R.A. Hanson manufacturing
companies in the Spokane area.
Mike is remembered by former colleagues as
a good friend and great boss. He was an avid
outdoorsman, a Master Falconer, and Eastern
Director of the Washington Falconers Association.
He also collaborated with the Peregrine Fund
to restore the Peregrine Falcon in Washington.
A lifelong fisherman, he developed a special
fishing weight for which he was granted a patent
in 2011. Mike loved nature and everything
about it: fresh air, rocks, trees, animals, birds,
hiking and being physical in the outdoors.
He loved his children and grandchildren immensely
and never missed a birthday or holiday card. Mike
spent the last twelve years of his life in a loving
relationship with his partner, Lavonne Fairall. He
is survived by his son Sean Farrell, daughter Deana
Wiatr, son Michael Farrell Jr., grandsons Jacob
Rorie, Isaac Farrell, Max Wiatr, Marcus Wiatr,
granddaughter Greta Farrell, great-grandson Caspian
Rorie, and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Michael Stephan Farrell
A death is
not the
of a light but
the putting
out of the lamp
because the
dawn has come.