Rainier Farmer service scheduled for June 29


Rainier Farmer, OSU Radiation Safety Officer and a community musician, passed away June 5.

Rainier Farmer, OSU Radiation Safety Officer, passed away at the Evergreen Hospice Center on June 5 after a brave but short battle with cancer.

His high degree of professionalism, expertise, and thoroughness will be greatly missed by his staff and the campus community.  Rainier’s care and consideration for people around him was evident in his many community service activities, and he leaves a legacy as an extremely dedicated husband, father, mentor, musician, and friend.

Rainier earned his degrees at OSU – a BS in Business Management (1983) and an MS in Public Health (1991).  He was appointed Radiation Safety Officer in 1990.  In addition to managing the Radiation Safety Office, Rainier was active in several on- and off-campus committees, including chairing the Alternative Transportation Advisory Committee for several years.

A service to honor his life will be held Sunday, June 29, at 1 p.m. at the Albany Senior Center (489 NW Water Ave, Albany).  Memorial contributions may be made to Cornerstone Associates Inc. of Corvallis, where Rainier was a longtime board member.

6 Responses to “Rainier Farmer service scheduled for June 29”

  1. karey (Poehlman)Van Pelt says:

    Rainier was such a nice and kind person. I have known him since the 4th grade and went to chool with Rainier thru High School. Prayers to his family and for Rainier.
    love, Karey

  2. Mary F. Stanley says:

    I worked in Facilities for three years and would see Rainier nearly every day. He was a ray of light and joy for me. Sometimes, it was great just to chat and tell some funny jokes together. He always had a smile for me, and a positive outlook to everybody that knew him. I feel so lucky to have even known him, and my life is certainly enriched for the few years I shared time with him. Rainier, you are incredibly missed already, and the world has lost a bright light. Thanks for the laughter and joy, you’re a sweet soul….

  3. Deborah Hobbs says:

    I have known Rainier for as long as we have both been working at OSU. Rainier had special qualities. He was efficient, patient, encouraging, and warm while at the same time, ensuring that everyone who was involved with radiation work was compliant with the rules. His straightforward, yet kind and encouraging approach to working with many personality types made people want to comply – the hallmark of true leadership. He ran a tight ship, but if I ever had any problems, I never hesitated to contact him. He was a whole person, a good man, true to himself in all settings. I will miss him terribly but I know his blessed soul is soaring in the spiritual realm – inscrutable to us, but not all that far away.

  4. Ron Prevost says:

    Rainier was a volunteer Board member for Cornerstone Associates for nearly 20 years. Cornerstone provides vocational opportunities for developmentally delayed adults and Rainier was very caring about that mission. He was one of the pillars of our Board due to his steady and committed approach to our work. He was a great friend to the Board and the staff. He is sincerely missed by all of us.

    Ron Prevost
    Board President

  5. Peter Ball says:

    Rainier was always putting others ahead of himself. He was thorough and serious without taking things too seriously. Serving with him on the Cornerstone board over the many years of his tenure left me only with admiration of his efforts and committment. Watching people enjoy his musical talents was always a pleasure and he will be sorely missed for sure. Life is prescious and some are called early for some unknown reasons. I only hope that Rainier is able to continue to share his spirit and make us all better people.

  6. Gretchen Newlin says:

    I met Rainier in 2008, the first year he and the Bush Pilots Band played for a Second Saturdays Benefit in Corvallis. He and the Pilots went on to play six concerts over the years, helping to raise donations for the Corvallis Homeless Shelter; a new refugee family from war torn Iraq; the Corvallis School District’s McKinney Homeless Student Program, among others. Second Saturdays organizers and audiences are really going to miss his music and loving presence. His bass playing really kept the music tethered and flowing along beautifully. Rainier’s family was always in the audience – loyal fans! What a generous, talented man he was! We thank Rainier for all he did to make the world a better place.