Michael Joe Farmer died Feb. 7, 2018, in St. Augustine Beach, Fla., after an extended illness. He was 80.
He was born in Delta to Joseph and Evelyn (Shales) Farmer. He worked for the family business, Delta Brick and Tile Factory, when he was young. In 1955, he graduated from Delta High School, where he participated in football, track and wrestling. He was a National Merit Scholar at the University of Colorado, earning a bachelor's degree in 1959.
After graduation, he accepted a position with the Central Intelligence Agency. He worked for the CIA from 1960-1988, serving in a variety of positions including three overseas assignments. He was eventually promoted to Senior Executive Service.
Mr. Farmer moved to St. Augustine, Fla., in 1992, where he worked as a chemical dependency counselor for the state of Florida. He valued helping those with addiction and worked to establish or support recovery programs during his career at the CIA and afterwards. He was a strong advocate for AA's 12-step process.
He is survived by his first wife, Carol; four sons, Kevin (Tracy) Farmer of Lake Geneva, Wis., Brian (Gina) Farmer, Eric (Lisa) Farmer and Mark (Kristin) Farmer, all of Sterling, Va.; stepson, Howard (Linda) Friedrichs III of East Northville, Mich.; brother, Stephen Farmer of Tega Cay, S.C.; companion, Jo Auberton; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Rita Farmer.