Park board considers options for Farmer memorial

SWARTZ CREEK — The Swartz Creek Parks and Recreation Advisory Board is mulling ideas, trying to come up with the most appropriate way to memorialize their former chairman, Jentery Farmer.

Farmer, 27, passed away from natural causes April 24 at his home.

“I think a lot of people are looking for ways to honor him,” said City Manager Adam Zettel. “He was involved in so much.”

Zettel said he will reach out to Farmer’s family to see if they have any preferences, but several possibilities were discussed at the Wednesday, May 5, park board meeting.

As a member of both the park board and city council, Farmer was an avid supporter of the disc golf course that will be installed this year in Otterburn Park on Bristol Road, as well as the Genesee Valley Trail extension. Construction of the trail from Dye Road to Elms Park is expected to begin this year.

So far, the board is leaning toward building a pavilion at the 20-acre Otterburn Park.

“A pavilion would be a great asset,” Zettel said. “It makes a lot of sense. We need it, and it’s within reach.”

Park board Vice Chairman Jim Barclay recommended adding an element that would allow the community to be involved and show their support through the purchase of brick pavers that would be installed as the floor of the pavilion, and perhaps a walkway.

Barclay noted that Farmer grew up near the 20-acre Otterburn Park property, a former farm field situated adjacent to the GM facility.

“I think it’s a wonderful idea (to memorialize Farmer in the park system),” Barclay said.

Farmer’s contributions to the community are extensive and include participation in Hometown Days, First Robotics, scouts, Camp Copneconic, the Swartz Creek Planning Commission and more.