AstroCowboy dies

By on January 29, 2014
Walt Farmer in Canada (2010)

Walt Farmer in Canada (2010)

JACKSON HOLE, WYO – Planet Jackson Hole has learned of the passing of Walt Farmer. The beloved astronomer, film historian, and veteran had been suffering from a heart condition, Thrombotic Thrombocytopenic Purpura, and more than one bout with cancer.

Farmer, 67, had been in poor health over the past year. The following entry was the last recorded on his blogsite (http://www.theastrocowboy.com/Personal/personal.htm). It was erroneously dated 2/19/14. It probably should have read 1/19/14 but it’s hard to know for sure.

“I don’t think the stem cell trial is helping any, nor did the EECP. Difficult to live out each day is an understatement,” Farmer wrote. “If it weren’t for my wife whom I love so dearly, including the rest of my family and some dear friends, I don’t know where I’d be. A lot has happened in the last 8 mos. & I don’t write much here anyway. I wish I had something pithy to say here & actually I did several days ago, but can’t remember right now what it was. I just know I wanted to do something important in my life & it never quite happened.”

Farmer leaves behind a wealth of diary-style blogging on just about every subject. He and his wife, Kay, enjoyed photographing wildlife and chronicling the lives of their precious cats.

Farmer documented, archived, and compiled the most exhaustive collection of film, TV shows, and documentaries shot in and around the Jackson Hole area. He published a book of the works called “Wyoming, A History of Film and Video in the 20th Century.” He also authored a cdrombook titled, “The Making of Shane.”

Farmer was once a member of the Jackson Hole Shootout players. He wrote a book about that experience as well, called “”Shootout on the Town Square: The Story of the Jackson Hole Shootout.”

Farmer was an avid amateur astronomer. He founded the Jackson Hole Astronomy Club. He also wrote columns for The Planet as well as the Jackson Hole News.

Farmer was also an active member of the Jackson Hole American Legion Post 43 for more than 12 years, and was a proud veteran and the area representative for the WWII Memorial in Washington, D.C.

Farmer was on the board for Jackson Hole Community Radio and hosted a popular radio show there. KHOL president Jim Tallichet said, “Walt was a very dynamic and creative individual. He was very young at heart and fit right in with volunteers, many of whom were 35 years or so younger than him. He’ll be missed.”

Tallichet promised that KHOL (89.1 FM) would play a set list of patriotic music in honor of Farmer’s passing at 2 p.m. on Thursday.


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