In Memory

Doug Farrar

Doug Farrar

Doug Farrar, 64, of Overland Park, Kansas passed away peacefully at the Kansas City Hospice House on Tuesday, May 29th surrounded by family. Doug was born on February 19, 1948 in Brooksfield, MO. Doug married Karon Smith on August 2, 1968. Doug was an outdoors kind of guy who loved fishing at the lake, vacationing in Gulf Shores, Alabama and watching K-State football. Doug was a proud member of the Kansas Society of Land Surveyors Association. He served as President from 1998-1999 and 2007-2008. He was also President of the Kansas City Metro Surveyors Association in 1990. He received many awards for his dedication to this association. Doug is preceded in death by his father, Carl Farrar, his mother, Mariam Haase, stepfather Jul Haase and his brother Carl Farrar. He is survived by his wife Karon, daughters, Staci (Randy) Sharp, Tammy (Rob) Shackelford and four grandchildren, Maddy, Nolan, Cameron and Jillian. The family would like to thank KC Hospice for taking such good care of us all in this time of sorrow. Memorial contributions may be made to: Doug Farrar Scholarship Fund, KSLS Foundation, P.O. Box 757, Andover, Kansas 67002.

Provided by Karen Lyerla

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09/27/16 07:57 AM #1    

Larry Graham

I worked with Doug at Shafer, Kline & Warren, Inc. for many years. He was a fine surveyor and a good man. He had a positive effect on everyone he came into contact with.


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Doug Farrar, Kansas PLS #720

February 19, 1948 – May 29, 2012



Doug Farrar was a quiet guy

We was kind and conscientious, not given to bragging

Doug was devoted to his family and friends

He was, like a lot of us, a surveyor


There is a lot involved in surveying

Math, logic, law, reading, history

But mostly it’s about caring

Caring about the client, the public, the process


To be a surveyor is to care deeply about these things

And to act on that care

To ensure that people are secure in the title to their land

Doug got that, down in his bones, he got that.


In his own quiet way

Doug went about the business of doing good

Day by day, week by week, month by month

And year after year.


It has added up to an impressive stack

There are countless parcels of land, on both sides of the State Line

That Doug has touched and either fixed some problem

Or made the title clearer


Doug was an ink and vellum drafter

You old folks know what that is

The index finger of our off hands and

The tips of our tongues were black at the end of the day


Doug Farrar was a good man

A husband, a father, a granpa

He was a solid surveyor and a friend to all

We will, all of us, miss him.




Larry D. Graham

May 31, 2012


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