William Paul Farmer

September 19, 1945November 3, 2017
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Wm. Paul Farmer, 72, of Dewey, Arizona, passed away November 3, 2017 in Prescott, Arizona. He was born to Joel Franklin and Pearl Penelope [Ford] Farmer in St. Louis, Missouri on September 19, 1945. Paul was married to the love his life, Kandie Sue Lee on January 13, 1976 and together they raised their three children, Jaime, Joel and Josh. Paul served in ministry most of his life starting in 1980, during his years in ministry, he worked as a worship pastor, singles pastor, young marrieds pastor, youth pastor, associate pastor as well as senior pastor. Serving over the years at Rialto Bible Church, San Bernardino First Assembly, The Gathering Place, Highland Foursquare, Life Community & Praise Fellowship Church where he retired from pastoral ministry in 2010. During his time in ministry Paul also worked outside the church. He worked for the U.S. Postal Service for 13 years in various positions from mail carrier to working in the Distribution Center, retiring in 2007; Paul also worked for the Gilbert Public Schools for six years as a bus monitor for special needs children. He earned his Associates degree at Life Bible College and his Bachelor’s degree in Theology at Northwestern Theological Seminary. Paul had a love of music and was an accomplished musician, song writer and author; these are talents that run in his family and that he has passed on to his children who will gladly carry them on in his honor. Paul was preceded in death by his parents, Joel and Pearl; brothers Gus and David; sisters, Deloris and Peaches and his son Joel Adam who passed away August 13, 2002. He is survived by his loving wife of 41 years, Kandie; daughter, Jaime Leann (Nicholas); son, Joshua Paul (Diana); grandchildren, Jacob Joel, Jessa Grace, Emma Jo, Benjamin David and Haddie Mae; his sister, Barbara Jo Bankler, as well as numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. A visitation will be held for family from 5:00-6:00pm and a general visitation from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, Friday, November 10, 2017 with a funeral service, 9:00am, Saturday, November 11, 2017at Mariposa Gardens Funeral Care in Mesa, AZ. Arrangements entrusted to Mariposa Gardens (480) 830-4422.


  • Visitation Friday, November 10, 2017
  • Funeral Service Saturday, November 11, 2017

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Lill Farrell

December 18, 2017

Paul was my youth pastor when I was a young teen and so much more. He was someone that I looked up to and could turn to for advice, even if it wasn't what I wanted to hear, he told me what I needed to hear. He was a father figure to me when I needed it the most and someone that I will never forget. Wind to thy Angel will always be missed but never forgotten.

December 6, 2017

We were so very blessed to have Pastor Paul as our Praise Fellowship senior pastor for so many years. He was a great example of a truly humble man and leader. He always gave his best to us all in a myriad of ways. Never boastful, except maybe about his dear grandkids, which is every grandfather's privilege! He gave his all ALL THE TIME - he is missed and will always be treasured! Leon & Ruth Doughty

Shawn Gosik

December 6, 2017

Paul was a great guy and it was an honor to know him and a huge blessing to serve Jesus alongside him through worship. While we on Earth have lost a friend and fellow guitar player, Heaven has gained a true man of God. One who has planted many seeds of truth that will have eternal fruition. Praising Jesus, that we will one day meet again!


November 22, 2017

There's so many memories but my most vivid was how he didn't make me feel like I had failed God after choosing to leave an abusive relationship. He was so loving and understanding. He helped my walk in so many ways. I miss him but I'm happy that I'll see him again one day.

Rev. Sam J Hinkle

November 20, 2017

Paul is my uncle but he was more like a brother to me! He taught me to play guitar and gave me my first guitar at 13 years old! I later became a worship pastor then on to senior pastor! He sowed the seeds that made me a God worshipper! Changed my life forever! I will never forget him! I will see him again in heaven! I will play guitar with him heaven! Thank you Uncle Paul! Love ya bro.!

Keith & Robin Jamriska

November 20, 2017

We miss you very much thanks for being a great person, friend and pastor. we will treasure are memories.

Kayla Dedmon

November 20, 2017

I remember when he used to always make those duck noises and then would make those weird faces after wards. He was a great influence in my life. He was like my grandpa.

William Bianco

November 20, 2017

I am grateful for the life of William Paul Farmer. You were much more than a friend and Pastor. You were a brother that shared the Gospel with me and my family. I know that we will all meet again in Heaven thanks to your work with my family. I know I can never repay that debt to you, but I can pass it on to others. You are an inspiration and a great soul. Bless you Paul

Cathy Valencia

November 20, 2017

What a privilege it has been to have you as my pastor but more so as my friend! I loved our talks and will treasure them. You will be missed!

Pat Ford

November 20, 2017

Paul I learned lots about the Lord from you and loved you all my life cousin. I sure will miss you in all you stood for and your love for your family and your love for the Lord. Rest In Peace cousin I will see you again one day.