Floyd Farmer Jr. ’67

Floyd H. Farmer, Jr., 78, died unexpectedly on June 3, 2023 in Muskegon. He was born on December 17, 1944 in Muskegon, MI to Floyd and Doris (Rademacher) Farmer, Sr. A 1963 graduate of Reeths-Puffer High School, Floyd went on to earn bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music from Hope College and Southern Methodist University respectively. Then, after several years of teaching, he went on to earn a degree from Thomas M Cooley Law School. While he enjoyed a long and successful career as an attorney, he continued his passion for music as a choral conductor, composer, critic, performer, and advocate for professional singers. He was the founder and artistic director of Camerata Singers as well as a conductor of the Cosmopolitan Male Singers and several church choirs. He served on the board of education for Muskegon Public Schools as well as the boards of various arts organizations, both local and national, including Holland Symphony Orchestra and Chorus America.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Caron (Vanden Hoek) Farmer, three brothers, Frank (Karen) Farmer, Dale (Patricia) Farmer, and Timothy Farmer, and a sister, Kathy (Steven) Ongert; brother-in-law David Adams, as well as many extended family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Floyd and Doris (Rademacher) Farmer, Sr. and a sister, Diane Adams.

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