Graveside services for Robert Farmer will be broadcast live on Wednesday October 14, 2020 beginning at 1:15 PM. To watch this service, please click on the link below. \r\n\r\n Click HERE to view Graveside Services for Robert Farmer\r\n\r\nRobert “Bob” Lewis Farmer, 79, passed away peacefully in Salt Lake City, UT, on October 6, 2020, of complications caused by COVID-19. For the last five years, he also has struggled against an insidious neurodegenerative disease, Corticobasal Degeneration (CBD). Bob valiantly endured this trial with optimism, patience, and good cheer. Following his CBD diagnosis, he was brought under the care of Dr. John Hatch, a chiropractic neurologist, and Nancy Newman, a brain rehabilitation specialist. Nancy’s daily therapy sessions immeasurably improved Bob’s quality of life and significantly slowed the degeneration. Nancy has been an angel to Bob: she lovingly cared for him and is considered an honorary member of the Farmer family. The Farmer family is also greatly appreciative of the efforts and care of the staff of the Sagewood senior living facility. \r\n\r\nBob was born in Pocatello, Idaho, on November 23, 1940, to Weldon and Helen Hansen Lewis. He was later adopted by Dewey Farmer, whom Helen married after Weldon passed away. Bob’s siblings are Ann, Craig, and Nyle. At an early age, Bob developed a strong work ethic and a love for education. In high school, he was sought after as a math tutor. He earned a Bachelor’s degree at Idaho State University and Brigham Young University, followed by an MBA at New York University, along with various other post-graduate coursework. He learned to speak fluent Spanish, Portuguese, German, and French, in his pursuit of various professional and religious opportunities. He had the patience and discipline to spend long nights reading grammar tables in order to master the languages. Bob also loved learning about history and cultures. He had an encyclopedic knowledge of the history of the United States and Europe, and he was well-studied in economics, politics, and current events. \r\n\r\nUpon his death, he joins his wife Veronika, who passed away in 2019. Bob and Veronika were married on September 4, 1970, in the Salt Lake Temple. They met at church in New York City. He saw her walk into the chapel, and he introduced himself to her immediately after the conclusion of the meeting. The rest is history. The two of them shared many adventures traveling throughout Europe and Central and South America. Together, they raised six children.\r\n\r\nBob was a patriot who loved the United States and believed it to be a blessed country. He dedicated his life to defending the Constitution of the United States as a Special Agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and enjoyed an amazing and adventurous 33-year career with the Bureau. As an FBI agent he was stationed in: Tampa, FL; New York City; Monterey, CA; San Juan, PR; Chicago, IL; Quantico, VA; Paris, France; Vienna, Austria; and Seattle, WA. During this time, he took on cases involving foreign counterintelligence, terrorism, bank robberies, fugitives, kidnappings, and, particularly, public corruption, including the famous Operation Greylord case in Chicago. Bob worked with diplomats and statesmen during the nine years of his diplomatic service overseas as a Legal Attaché. He was instrumental in establishing the International Law Enforcement Academy (ILEA) in Budapest, Hungary. The ILEA is run by the FBI and advances U.S. interests in combating transnational organized crime. Bob was awarded recognition by FBI Director Louis Freeh and the president of Hungary. He collected tokens of recognition from countries all around Europe and the Eastern Bloc for similar efforts. Bob cherished his FBI family. He possessed brilliant management skills. He was interviewed numerous times by the media and was featured in a nationally publicized book. At the same time, all who knew him recognized his humility and down-to-earth nature, thanks to his beloved family heritage and Idaho roots.\r\n\r\nBob always made time for his children. He loved to see his children excel academically and participate in sports and music. He spent hours supporting his children in these activities, and he led by example. His children will be forever loyal to him due to his enduring patience and kind love to them as he encouraged them to reach their potentials. \r\n\r\nBob loved outdoor activities and took his family on memorable ski, beach, sailing and snorkeling trips, and other summer activities at his parents’ cabin in Island Park, ID. It was also important to him to take his family to historic and cultural sites wherever they traveled. He encouraged his family to join him at BYU Education Week each year, a conference offering university courses in religion, history, science, and other topics. A passionate sports fan, he enjoyed cheering on the BYU Cougars at basketball and football games with his family. In his retirement, he attended the gym for several hours on a daily basis.\r\n\r\nBob was blessed with 15 grandchildren and spent the majority of his retired years visiting them around the country and making memories with them. One of his most cherished roles in life was that of “Opapa.”\r\n\r\nBob was a proud member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. As a 19-year-old, he served a two-year mission for the Church in Montevideo, Uruguay. This mission began a pattern of church service that would continue the rest of his life. He loved the gospel of Jesus Christ and made it a priority, serving in a variety of roles, and teaching the gospel to his family through words and action. He expressed ongoing gratitude to God throughout his life. As his speech abilities declined, even into the latter months of his life, he managed to regularly tell his family to “Keep the faith!” or “Keep the commandments!” whenever they asked for advice.\r\n\r\nHe is survived by his son Mark Farmer and wife Tara, his son Björn Farmer and wife Cydnee, his daughter Ingrid Kellmer and husband Matthias, his daughter Antje Farmer, his son Sören Farmer and wife Jasmin, and his daughter Cécile Casali and husband Rick; his 15 grandchildren; his brothers Craig Farmer and Nyle (Terri) Farmer; as well as many beloved nieces and nephews, cousins and friends. \r\n\r\nBob lived a full and rich life. He left nothing undone. He was kind and optimistic, hopeful and faithful. He showed love to all he met and was loved by all. May his memory inspire us to make the most of every moment, live life to the fullest and aspire to our full potentials!\r\n\t\r\nBob Farmer’s memorial service will take place on Wednesday, October 14, 2020, at 1:30 p.m. at the Salt Lake City Cemetery. Due to COVID-19 precautions, we will be limited to a graveside service. If possible, please let his children know if you plan to attend in person so seating can be provided. We know Bob cherished his extended family and friends, and we are saddened not to be able to celebrate his life together with you as was possible before the COVID-19 pandemic. A Facebook Live link for loved ones who cannot be there is listed above on the funeral home’s website.\r\n\r\nThe Mayo Clinic is a world leader in neurology research and their researchers need access to brain tissue to study CBD, develop new therapies and ultimately find a cure. Knowing that Bob would want to help in the fight against CBD, his children have agreed to gift his brain to Science. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to CurePSP, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve the lives of those affected by prime of life neurodegeneration (https://www.psp.org/iwanttohelp/ways-to-give/).