Dr. Robert Bob Y. Farnham

July 22, 1934April 23, 2010

ROBERT Y. FARNHAM, DMD. JULY 22, 193 ~ APRIL 23, 2010

Robert Y. Farnham, son of Frank and Eleanor Farnham, died Friday, April 23, 2010, at home after a long battle with Parkinson’s Disease surrounded by his family.

“Bob” as he was known to family, friends and patients was born in Calgary, Canada and was one of the few that enjoyed dual citizenship.

He was a graduate of Washington High School; Lewis and Clark College and the U of O Dental School.

After dental school Bob enlisted in the US Army Dental Corp. as a Captain and was honorably discharged in l964.

He was a member of the Psi Omega Fraternity; Multnomah County Dental Society; ODA; ADA; Western Society of Periodontology; American Prosthodontic Society and the International College of Dentistry.

Bob’s love of dentistry, golf and family brought him years of enjoyment.

He is survived by his wife, Lorna; son, Duane Farnham and his wife Michelle; daughter, Teresa Johnson; step-daughter, Andrea Slaughter; grandchildren, Savannah Arias, Christian Slaughter, Derek Johnson and Sarah (Johnson) Borski. He was preceded in death by his parents and his first wife Janet (Schweitzer) Farnham.

Friends are invited to a celebration of life service at 12:00 PM, Sat., May 1, 2010, at Lincoln Memorial Park Funeral Home. A reception will follow at Sayler’s Old Country Kitchen.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Adventist Hospice, 5835 NE 122nd, Portland, OR. 97230 or Creston Children’s Dental Center, Attn: Lora Mattsen, 4701 SE Bush, Portland, OR. 97206.

Arrangements under the direction of Lincoln Memorial Funeral Home, Portland, OR.


  • Memorial Service Saturday, May 1, 2010

Dr. Robert Bob Y. Farnham

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May 8, 2010

Our deepest sympathy to the family and former staff of Dr. Farnham. He was a special person in the life of our family for all the years of care. We always enjoyed hearing of his travels and golf adventures.
Dick & Therese Baker, Tony, Mary, Anne, Rose, Peter and Pat

Cheryl Benefield

May 3, 2010

My Mom took us to Dr. Farnham growing up. He was my dentist from 1967 until I got married and moved away in 1992. He is by far the best dentist I have had the pleasure to see. I send my condolences to the family. You will all be in my thoughts and prayers. Dr. Farnham was a wonderful man and excellent dentist. God Bless, Cheryl (Benadom) Benefield

May 2, 2010

With Prayers and deepest regrets from the Kay family

Marlee Blaire-Brown

May 1, 2010

My thoughts and prayers are with Lorna and family today...

Judy Cory

May 1, 2010

I have childhood memories of Bob and Janet although to me they were always Dr. and Mrs. Farnham. They were friends of my parents, Dr. William (Bill) and Donna Cory. I remember that Dr. Farnham and my father spent more that a few Wednesday afternoons on the golf course and how kind they were to both my brother and I.

Although I never had the pleasure of meeting Lorna, I am certain she is as warm and wonderful as my memories of her husband. My prayers and thoughts are with Farnham family.

Leroy Natale

May 1, 2010

We’ve known Bob Farnham since we moved next door in 1973. Over the years we became friends of the family. We always considered him a professional man and friend. We had a good relationship when it came to doing things for each other. Leroy remembers working on something, and when he asked Bob for help, Bob would study the problem and find a way to make it work. He liked to keep his tools sharp. He had more patience honing tools then I could ever have. Neither of us liked to work on plumbing, but together we’d get things done.

Bob we’re going to miss playing cards with you and Lorna, plus sharing movies together. Together we had a fence built with a gate so either family could get to each others’ house without having to go street side and then up the stairs. So many “hellos” over that gate and through it! We miss you already.

April 30, 2010

Lloyd had the honor of working with Bob for many years as his lab tech. I was honored to meet both Bob and his lovely wife Lorna and shared many great get togethers. We will miss him greatly but never forget his greatness in dentistry and sincerity as a friend. In our hearts forever!

Mary Millard

April 30, 2010

I had the privilege of being Dr. Farnham's patient from 1969 until his retirement, and have many wonderful memories. His skilled dentistry lives on in the form of my full mouth reconstruction, which other dentists continue to compliment. My sympathy to Lorna, Llana and all his family and friends. Bob will live on forever in our hearts.

Dr Bob Gill

April 30, 2010

I will remember Bob not only as a friend but as one of Oregon's finest dentists. He strived for excellence. He treated the most challenging cases with remarkable success. We will miss Bob but not forget him.


April 29, 2010