Junior Theo “Ted” Faris of Three Rivers died Wednesday, July 6, at Kaweah Delta Hospital in Visalia. He was 92.
Ted was born April 14, 1924, at Fort Sill, Okla., to Theo Faris and Grace Gabbard Faris.
In the early 1950s, Ted and his family moved to Southern California. He and his family attended opening day at a theme park called Disneyland.
In December 1971, he married the former Carole Bunnell. They settled in Placentia, Calif. Ted was working in sales and management in the auto industry, which is how he and Carole found Three Rivers.
As Ted explained to the Commonwealth in the July 6, 2013, issue: “Sometimes I would buy a wholesale RV so Carole and I would drive up from Orange County to Sequoia for the weekend. I noticed that Three Rivers was a nice, quiet community for seniors.”
On February 11, 1989, Ted and Carole moved into their custom-built home in the Cherokee Oaks neighborhood.
Ted was retired from a 43-year career as a wholesale and retail car salesman. While in Three Rivers, he worked for 11 years at the Three Rivers Golf Course pro shop. For several years, he also assisted with delivery and circulation of The Kaweah Commonwealth newspaper.
He was a member of the Three Rivers Lions Club.
Ted is survived by his wife of 44 years, Carole Faris, of Three Rivers; four children, daughter Karen Morgan and husband Brian, daughter Barbara Miller, daughter Peggy Duffield and husband Dallas, and son Mike Faris and wife Marty, all of Lake Isabella; stepchildren Dan Bunnell and wife Becky of Buckeye, Ariz., Rick Bunnell and wife Carol of Boise, Idaho, and Cheri Robitaille of San Diego; and more than a dozen grandchildren and two dozen great-grandchildren.
A memorial tribute may be written to the family at www.salseranddillard.com.
IN HIS OWN WORDS:
“It’s been fantastic living here. I’ve met more nice people living here than anywhere else. Everywhere I go, I see someone I know. It’s a wonderful life here. You can’t beat it!”
“We travel over to Pismo every three months or so and take our pup, Toby. He loves to run in the sand.”
“Nowadays, I read mostly newspapers and magazines. Of course, I read the Commonwealth every week!”
“We struck a deal with Larry Jules, who was building a house in Cherokee Oaks…”