Corban's third president passes away

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Rev. Herbert Farrar Jr. passed from this life into the presence of the Lord on Nov. 28 at the age of 104. Herb married Mabel Phipps of Selma, Calif. in 1934 and they served the Lord together for 71 years. Their early years were spent in Christian radio ministry, revivals and evangelistic campaigns. During the next 50 years Herb pastored Baptist churches in Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin, Tennessee, Colorado, Nevada, California and Oregon.

In 1946 Herb Farrar was instrumental in co-founding Western Baptist Bible College serving as president for two years. He taught public speaking and music, and served on the Board of Trustees for 22 years. Corban University now proudly carries forward that legacy of Christian training and professional education. A men’s residence hall bears his name.

During later years Herb Farrar and Mae served as campground hosts with the California State Parks System. Spokane, Wash. became their home in 1994. They worshipped at Trinity Baptist Church. When Mae’s passed away in 2005, Herb made his home at Lilac Plaza Retirement Center. His last home was Willow Grove Assisted Living in Spokane.

Herb Farrar and Mae’s three daughters are: Yvonne Howe of Yukon, Canada, Lorraine Owens of Spokane, Wash. and Janice Farrar of Boulder, Colo. There are five grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

Any gift, in lieu of flowers, may be directed to Corban University, c/o Office of Advancement, 5000 Deer Park Dr. SE, Salem, OR 97317.

  • Rev. Herb Farrar Jr. was president of Corban University from 1946 to 1948.

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