John Faris

  Lieutenant Commander John M. Faris, 73, died quietly June 19, 2021 at his home in Rotonda West, FL, a fighter to the end, with his loving wife and grandson beside him after a courageous battle with cancer.

  John was born in Belmond on Sept. 5, 1947 to Nell and Don Faris. He graduated from Belmond High School in 1965. (His father was the superintendnet of schools at Belmond, and the fooball field is named for him.)

  John spent 20 years serving his country in the U.S. Navy where he became a Lieutenant Commander. After that, he continued his service as a beloved NJROTC teacher, where he touched the lives of countless students and became a mentor to many.

  John transplanted to Florida, eventually spending several years barefoot in the sand in Key Largo. In 2014 he married the love of his life, Adele, and took on her grandkids as if they were his own. He then spent eight years surrounded by a loving family, fishing, drinking the cheapest whiskey restaurants would serve him, and being an amazing husband, father, grandfather and friend to those he loved.

  He was preceded in death by his mother and father; and brothers Jim and Don Faris.

  He is survived by his wife Adele; daughter Jennifer (Jeff) Feece; step-daughters Deanne (Luis) Garcia and Lisa (Dustin) Leavitt; and grandchildren Ileana, Fernando, Sofia, Niomi, Alex, Tyler, Zach and Rachel.   

  Memorials in his name are suggested to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. To his former students, friends, and anyone whose life he touched, don’t forget to put on a John Wayne movie and make a toast to John with a shot of the cheapest whiskey you can find.