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Richard Farmer

d. August 29, 2021

With a heavy heart we announce the unexpected passing of Richard “Rick” Farmer, 60, of St. Augustine, Florida. Rick passed away on Sunday, August 29.

Rick was born in Burlington, Massachusetts to Richard and Cherie Farmer. The Family later relocated to Larkspur, Colorado. After Rick graduated from Douglas County High School he first worked as a mechanic in his uncles car dealership in North Carolina and eventually made his way to Jacksonville, Florida where he started as a mechanic in 1987 in a newly founded company called Pile Equipment, Inc.

Over the years Rick worked his way up to Service Manager and eventually Vice President. He was a certified welder, rigger, forklift and crane operator. He also became a IFPS Fluid Power Specialist and Fluid Power Master Mechanic. After Pile Equipment merged with Equipment Foundation of America Rick became Service Manager of the Jacksonville branch. Rick was professional and very passionate about his work and loved what he did for a living. He incorporated new ideas and eventually designed a smaller version of the Pile Master air hammer which would be sturdy but also light enough for dock builders.

Shortly after beginning his career, Rick met Petra at a birthday party. They married in early 1991. After the couple moved to St. Augustine, Rick was active for 10 years as chair of the ACC in their community and was in charge of the community fire pump during this time. Being a skilled welder he helped fixing lawn mowers, cars or whatever needed fixing in the neighborhood and his group of friends.

Rick was a hard worker but he also knew how to have fun. Rick and Petra spent their free time visiting family in Colorado and Germany, going on road trips and spending the weekends with their numerous friends jet skiing, motorcycling and especially boating. He was a whiz on the grill and many times treated everyone at the sandbar with his flank steak or brisket.

Rick was predeceased by his mother, his sister Cindy and Ian, his son from his first marriage. He is survived by his wife Petra, his father and stepmother and his sister Laura. Rick requested to be cremated and his ashes to be taken to Colorado to be buried next to his mother’s and sister’s.

Rick was an animal lover. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Best Friends Animal Society in Utah.

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