Donald David Farshing Jr.
July 4, 1925 – September 22, 2020
Captain Donald David Farshing, Jr. USN (Ret) was born in Salisbury, North Carolina on July 4, 1925. He was predeceased by his wife, Sharon Farshing, and by his parents, Margaret Ramsay Farshing and Donald D. Farshing. Don died of natural causes at his home in Jacksonville, FL, on September 22, 2020. He was 95 years old. Following his high school graduation in 1942, Don attended The Citadel before his Congressional appointment to the Naval Academy in 1943. He was graduated with the Class of 1947 in June, 1946, as a member of the 22nd Company. Passers-by in Memorial Hall were entertained many Sunday afternoons by a duo of a piano and Don on clarinet playing requests during their youngster and first-class years as midshipmen. Don was designated a Naval Aviator in Pensacola on August 12, 1949. He entered the US Navy Postgraduate School in Monterey in 1952 and was graduated in 1954 with a BS in Aeronautical Engineering, and from Stevens Institute of Technology in 1955 with a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering. Duty following graduate school included Flight Test at the Naval Air Test Center in Patuxent River, MD; NavAir in Washington, DC; the Office of Naval Research, Branch Office in London; Commander, Fleet Air Jacksonville Staff; and finally NavAir again before retiring from active duty in July 1969. Don managed Hydro-Mechanical Engineering for Eastern Airlines from 1969 to 1974, taught engineering subjects at Florida Community College at Jacksonville from 1974 to 1984, during which time he earned a PhD from Florida State University. Don concluded the last 24 years of his teaching career at the University of North Florida in the College of Computing, Engineering and Construction, retiring at age 82. He is survived by his son, David, of High Point, NC, by his daughters Elisabeth Beekman (Dan) of Ellicott City, MD, Mary Warshauer (James) of Rumson, NJ, and by grandchildren Richard, Stephen, Rebecca, William, Anna, Matthew, Stacey, Michael and great grandchildren Olivia and Carson. Memorial services will be held at a later date at St. John’s Cathedral in Jacksonville, FL, where he was an active communicant, worship leader, Eucharistic Visitor, and Cursillo group servant for many years. Following the memory service, burial of ashes will occur in the Bishop’s Garden at the church with military honors rendered by the Navy. “It is in giving that we receive, it is in pardoning that we are pardoned, and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.” From the Peace Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi. Arrangements by Hardage-Giddens Oaklawn Chapel, 4801 San Jose Blvd., Jacksonville 904-737-7171. Please sign the guestbook at www.hardagegiddensoaklawnchapel.com.
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Donald David Farshing Jr.
October 1, 2020
When I started my engineering classes at UNF 28 years ago, Don Farshing was literally the foundation on which the UNF Engineering program was built. From the time I began to take classes, through my graduation, and my return to UNF in an advisory status, Don was there to guide me and all of the other engineers through every aspect of our careers. He taught by his supreme example of hard work, professionalism, patriotism and simply being a great, great person. Dr. Farshing and I shared the mutual respect of our time in the U.S. Navy and spoke of it often. I am so proud to have had the pleasure of knowing such a wonderful person and I am so grateful to have benefitted from the impact that he had on my life. Don will be remembered fondly.
September 30, 2020
Although Donnie is away from us, we believe him to be at home with the Lord, rest well, dear brother, from work well done. Praying peace and comfort for his family.
September 29, 2020
Ten years ago when my wife, son, and I came to join the Cathedral I was interested in finding a Men's Group to join. I was directed to a Bible study group that met on Sat. morning for breakfast and study. Don was in charge of the group and always had a well thought out lesson plan for the men to discuss. I was able to fit right in with these men, especially my friend Don. He also asked me join the Wednesday morning Cursillo Reunion Gp.
As we came to know more about each other, even tho there were many years between our ages, we developed a very nice friendship. As it turned out we both served in the Navy but not even close to the same time. He graduated from Annapolis the same year I was born, 1947. But one of the first ships he served on was the first one I spent two weeks on out of Long Beach CA.
the USS Maddox. I remember many things about Don but his faith took a front row seat in his life.
I admired, loved, and cared for this man and am proud to call him my friend. A few years ago he called me to ask me to be part of the honor guard at his funeral, whenever that may be. When we hung up I cried and thanked God for putting our paths together even tho it was for a short time.
Don was a fine Christian Man and I miss him.
Harold and Karlyn Robeson
September 28, 2020
When we arrived at St. Johns Don was one of the first to greet us and make us feel welcome. His smile and firm hand shake are surely missed. We look forward to receiving that greeting again when we next meet him.
Harold and Karlyn
September 28, 2020
The Farshings were so kind to allow us to help take care of their dogs...loved knowing them both. A great man has passed on and will be missed. He was of encouragement to my son..who is now a Captain and pilot in the Marines in Japan..and I am so grateful for that as well!
Rest in peace in the arms of Jesus!!
September 27, 2020
Don, "Captain" as I fondly called him when I started working with him at UNF. As a retired Chief Petty Officer, I always felt the name was in respect for what he had achieved in life even more than the doctorate he earned along the way. He was an officer and a gentleman in every sense of the phrase. He is one of those people you meet in life and you remember them forever. Working with him for over a decade, I obviously have many tales I could write about. I'm sure all the letters here can do the same. Some of them are filled with awe. Some are filled with tremendous humor. Others are moments filled with more emotion than I know how to express. Don and I shared that horrible morning on September 11th together. As his office had a small TV room next to it where distance learning students could come to view graduate level lessons often. That TV became the link we had to what went on. First in New York. Then in Pennsylvania followed by Washington, DC. Being ex-military men, Don and I both shared many of the same feelings that day. That urge to jump in our uniforms and go out and get the enemy. Although I didn't see Don very often after I retired from UNF, he was always in my heart and I will miss him as will my wife Barbara. We live in Middleburg, FL about 50 miles from Don's home. We drove by there yesterday and spoke of him as we passed. I know I will speak of him for what time I have left on earth. He is my most memorable character. May God bless his soul and help his family heal from their loss.
September 24, 2020
I’m so grateful for the joy and laughter you shared with me. Sending peace and love to all who miss you. Claudia
September 24, 2020
MY DEAREST FRIEND, CAPTAIN (USN) DONALD D. FARSHING, GRADUATE OF THE U.S. NAVAL ACADEMY WAS THE MOST PATRIOTIC, GOD LOVING, CHRIST DRIVEN, FAMILY LOVING, LIMRICK EXTRAORDINAIRE, PERCEPTIVE, DISCERNING, ASTUTE, INTELLIGENT, AND MOST OF ALL - A ''BEST'' FRIEND.
DON WAS A LEADER IN HIS CHURCH AND IN HIS PROFESSIONAL LIFE AS WELL AS AN EDUCATOR DURING HIS TIME AT U.N.F., UNIVERSITY. MY FRIEND WAS A KIND AND HELPFUL MAN, ALWAYS DEMONSTRATING THE ''JESUS'' PRINCIPALS OF - ''LOVE ONE ANOTHER'', AS YOU LOVE YOURSELF. MY DEAR FRIEND ENJOY YOUR TIME WITH JESUS, NOW THAT YOU HAVE GONE HOME. YOUR FRIEND - VINCE!!!!!