Gerald Farstvedt

Died: Wed., Jun. 26, 2019


Recitation of the Rosary

7:00 PM Fri., Jul. 12, 2019
Location: Holy Family Catholic Church


Mass of Christian Burial

10:00 AM Sat., Jul. 13, 2019
Location: Holy Family Catholic Church


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Gerald “Jerry” Gilbert Farstvedt peacefully passed away June 26, 2019 with his family at his side. The Lord gave us 10 years of Jerry’s life since his diagnosis of brain cancer.
Born December 8, 1944 in Bend, OR to Gilbert and Betty Farstvedt; Jerry lived a life full of passion to do good will.  Introduced on a blind date in Bend, Oregon he went on to marry Teresa “Terry” Ann (Clarno) Farstvedt on October 9, 1971. Jerry was a proud alumnus of Oregon State University earning a bachelor’s degree in wildlife management.  After college he was deployed to the Vietnam War to serve as a lieutenant JG in the US Navy aboard the USS Vance, a destroyer escort radar ship, and was honorably discharged in 1974.
Jerry’s professional career was spent working for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife where he spent most of his years in Harney County as the regional habitat biologist for southeast Oregon. He was very proud of his work with the department, in particular the creation and maintenance of wildlife water guzzlers, being on the teams that reintroduced Big Horn Sheep and that introduced Turkeys to this area. This is also where he befriended many people including his fellow colleagues and members of his community. His personal mission was to preserve wildlife populations for the benefit of the hunters as well as protecting/ acquiring public access for hunting and fishing.
Jerry was a man that preferred spending his personal time with family and close friends. He had a soft heart for helping kids and young adults.  Through his involvement as a Hunter Safety Instructor, Boy Scout Leader, Lunch Buddy mentor and camp cook (anytime and anywhere he got an invite); he was a positive part of many lives. Hunting and fishing with his friends and family is what he enjoyed best.
Jerry is survived by his loving wife Teresa (Clarno) Farstvedt of Hines, OR; his mother Betty Farstvedt of Bend, OR; and brothers Mark Farstvedt, and his spouse Darla of Bend, OR and Ray Farstvedt, and his spouse Patsy of Bend Oregon. He is survived by his children Erica (Farstvedt) Garza, and her husband Adam of Grandview, WA; Sena (Farstvedt)Raschio, and her husband Rob of John Day, OR; Sara (Farstvedt) Burns, and her husband Son of Hines, OR; and Ellis Farstvedt, and his wife Mandi of Red Lodge, MT. He is survived by his grandchildren: Izak and Izabela Garza; Vincent and Annabelle Raschio; Keaira and Joseph Burns; and Averi and Logan Farstvedt. Jerry is preceded in death by his father Gilbert Farstvedt of Bend, OR.  
The family wants to invite all of Jerry’s friends to the following services:
The rosary will be prayed in his memory on Friday July 12, 2019 at 7:00pm at Holy Family Catholic Church.
Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday July 13, 2019 at 10:00am at Holy Family Catholic Church, Burns, OR followed by a graveside burial service at Burns City Cemetary, Burns, OR.
A luncheon will be shared in the parish hall at 1:00pm following the services.  We invite you to bring and share your memories, stories and pictures of Jerry.
Donations in Jerry’s memory can be made to: CAN Cancer through the Harney District Hospital and/ or
Steens Mtn Run Camp, In Memory of Jerry  PO Box 5453 Eugene, OR 97405

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Genevieve Nealis
   Posted Thu July 04, 2019
Dear Terry we are so sorry to hear about Jerry. Prayers for you and family. Hope you are doing as good as can be expected at this time. Sending hugs and love. Stay strong in the Lord. 🙏💞😥 Genevieve

Lois Taylor
   Posted Sat July 06, 2019
Terry and family, you will all be in my prayers. Jerry will be so deeply missed by everyone who knew him. He was such a kind and giving person, always willing to help whenever needed. Our community has suffered a great loss.

Joseph Betters
   Posted Sun July 07, 2019
Jerry will be missed by Connie and I. Terry, Connie and I hope you are doing well.
Jerry as a shipmate will always be remembered and missed.

Joseph Betters
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Martin Heavey
   Posted Sun July 07, 2019

MOUNTAIN MEADOW PEDESTAL ARRANGEMENT was sent by Marty Heavey.

Bud, You've been a great friend, shipmate and family man. Godspeed to you. May you always have fair winds and following seas until we meet again, on that great baseball diamond in heaven. Stub


John and Susan Beck
   Posted Sun July 07, 2019
Dear Terry and family,

Gerald was a cherished friend and fishing buddy. We loved his person, humor and commitment to family.

He will be sincerely missed.

Our Deepest Sympathies--John and Susan Beck

jim and tsui ensey
   Posted Mon July 08, 2019
Jerry was a friend and shipmate. He will be missed by all his shipmates. We enjoyed his company at the reunions.

Jim and Tsui ensey

Lory Rainey
   Posted Tue July 09, 2019
Dearest Terry and family,
I’m so sorry that you have all lost such a wonderful father, husband, grandpa and friend. I will miss him. He was truly a treasure. God has him now and all is good. Peace is a wonderful thing and Jerry has found his peace and his fishing hole just on the other side where we may not be able to see him but he’s certainly there watching the ones he loves so much.
God Bless my dear friend. . .
With Love,
Lory and Mike Rubie

Joanne and Jerry Blum
   Posted Tue July 09, 2019
Dear Terry,
Our hearts go out to you and your family. We really enjoyed seeing you both at the reunions. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers.
Fondly,
Joanne and Jerry

Elly Styskel
   Posted Sat July 20, 2019
I have many special memories of working with Jerry when I was in Bend, at Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlfie. He was a very friendly, colorful, outgoing person who shared his love of the outdoors and I learned alot from him about the wildlife in our state. When he was top wrangler for a BigHorn Sheep capture expedition, he gave me a job and made me feel like an important part of the crew. May your memories of the happy times, bring you peace in the days the ahead. With sincere sympathy, Elly

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