Mike Farr – Memories sent by Sandra Farr Feb. 2011

Dear Tom,


Mike and I met
at an ND mixer at the Rathskellar in December 1965. I was a “townie”
and he was a sophmore “rah-rah” from Baldwin NY.
After dating for about 2 years, Mike and I got married at the Log
Cabin Chapel on November 25,1967. His brother Paul, ND
class of 69' stood up for us. We lived in South
Bend for a couple of years after graduation, and in
the summer of 1968 our daughter Lisa was born. She was baptized at Notre Dame
Cathedral. In 1972, we moved to Muncie, IN where Mike received his Masters in Counseling
Psychology from Ball
State University.
After working two years in Muncie as the
Assistant Director of Bethel Boys Home, he was hired at Goodwill Industries in Indianapolis as the
Rehabilitation Director of Vocational Services. There he started creating the
vocational materials that would later become the foundation for his company
JIST Publishing. Our son Jonn was born in 1975 and we traveled to South Bend where he was
baptized at Notre Dame Cathedral. In 1981 Mike founded JIST Works, a job search
company which later became JIST Publishing. He celebrated his 25th year in
publishing in 2006, sold JIST Publishing in 2007, and purchased a beach house
overlooking the ocean that same year. Through the years,we attended numerous
games,maintained contact with some classmates and enjoyed the reunions. Mike
was a creative,successful and honorable man, one of whom Notre Dame can be
proud to call an “IRISH” son. Notre Dame will always have a
special place in my heart……



Sandra Farr



James Michael Farr
December 19, 2010
A Remembrance

Central Indiana Region/Porsche Club of America lost one of its
best and favorite longtime members and former Activity Chairman with the
passing of Mike Farr this morning at Saint Vincent's Hospital in
Indianapolis. Mike had been suffering through many serious health issues the
past few years and they finally got the best of him. He put up a courageous
battle through the end.

His wife Sandra called Brigitta and me Sunday morning and told
us the sad news. We had just had dinner with them on December 10th along with
fellow CIR members Dennis and Jan Kelly for our annual Christmas dinner
get-together, somehow worked in between his hospital stays. It was a wonderful
evening of good friends and food. So, we were shocked when we got the call.
Looking back now, we are just so thankful we got to see him when we did.

Sandra said there will be no funeral at Mike's request. He
wanted to be cremated and she went on to say that a Celebration of Life will be
held in January with an Irish theme. Later in May, the family will have a
Memorial. Both will be in Indianapolis.
Mike and Sandra have a daughter, Lisa and a son, Jonn. Members and friends that
might want to send condolences to the family should do so at their new home in
Fishers: 11240 Harriston Drive,
Fishers, IN 46037.

I personally go back a long way with Mike as do many others in
the club. Although we were classmates at Notre Dame, I did not get to know him
and Sandra until they joined CIR in 1988. Mike was originally from the New York area and Sandra is from South Bend and they met while Mike was
attending Notre Dame. They were married in the historic Log Cabin Chapel on
campus. Mike got his Master's in Education at Ball State University in Muncie
and they settled in Indianapolis where they started an education publishing
business called Jist that published many standard, well-known in the
educational field, publications devoted to education, job seeking and career
building. A prime market was determined to be the military and their challenges
of re-entering the job market after leaving service. Focusing on this special
market with its own unique needs, which no one had previously addressed, the
business took off. Just a few years ago Jist celebrated its 25th Anniversary
with a big bash downtown at the Omni Severin Hotel. Not long after, Mike and
Sandra sold the company and they embarked on finding dream homes for their
retirement in the areas of the country where they had family and enjoyed
staying parts of the year: Indianapolis, Florida and New
Hampshire. All the time they were doing this, they
never forgot the club and their many friends and always kept in touch, no
matter what state they were in. They attended many events over the years.

Mike, along with Sandra's help, was Activities Chairman in
1998 & 1999. This was back when the Activities Chairman arranged almost all
of the events, including board meetings, two very popular Annual Dinners at
Dick Lewis' Auto Vault Museum in downtown Indy, the former Pool Party/Club
Race Workers' Parties at their former home on Eagle Creek Reservoir and
numerous Chili Cook Off Parties at their later home on Geist Reservoir. The
very first event I took Brigitta to was one of their early Pool Parties. That
started a long-term friendship for us with them. They continued their many
activities for the club even after they stepped down from office. Mike was also
a very creative cook and a master in the kitchen as anyone can tell you that
attended any of their many Chili parties. He could make anything and it would
always be great and just a little bit different. In later years they hosted
several Friday Night Before the F1 Parties casual get-togethers. But most of
all, I remember Mike as one of the most generous and accommodating persons I
have ever known. I think many members who knew him would agree with this.

Both he and Sandra owned several different Porsches over the
years. The first I remember was a brown 80s 911 SC. Then they bought Linda
Feeser's Guards Red 944 (now owned by Debbie Wolf). Next to come was a pretty
Guards Red 968 Cabriolet they found in Chicago.
Along the way, there was a red replica 356 Speedster and how many remember
Mike's Straightly (Sp?) that sat under their carport at Eagle Creek for many
years? This very long and big car was a special one-off creation for a Hollywood movie that never quite came to fruition. Mike
had to have it. It reminded me of one of those big, long 20s & 30s
roadsters that were in those epic movies like The Great Race or Chitty, Chitty,
Bang, Bang! The car was unusual to say the least and attracted a lot of
attention, mainly because it was never quite finished by its creators and you
were not exactly sure what the hell it was. It had a modern Chrysler drive
train and Mike ran it now and then. That car was Mike to the max. He loved
driving it in parades and the attention it got.

These are just some of my many fond remembrances of Mike and
others might want to contribute their own here like we have done in the past
for well-known members who have passed away. I will try to keep this posting up
to date as details become available for the upcoming memorials.

CIR has lost a great friend to the club who made many
contributions to our club over the years and he will have a lasting memory for
many of us.

Bob Snider, Secretary