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Farren Elwood

Farren F. Elwood

Thursday, January 17th, 1946 - Thursday, October 17th, 2019
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Farren Elwood, 73 of Longmont passed away peacefully with his wife and daughter by his side on October 17, 2019. Farren was born January 17, 1946 in Brush, CO to Leonard and Helen (Nation) Elwood. He grew up in Lyons, CO and graduated from Lyons High School in 1964.

On June 5, 1964 Farren married his high school sweetheart, Arlene Cink, in Boulder, CO. He attended Aims Community College and earned an associate’s degree in Welding Inspection and Welding Instruction. Farren worked as an iron worker for most of his life and as a welding inspector for the original Denver International Airport until his retirement in 2013. Farren led the quality assurance efforts in the area of steel construction, shop and fabrication inspection and structural steel plan for all of Denver International Airport projects. In 2006 Farren received the National Dalton E. Hamilton CWI of the year award. He contributed greatly to the success of AWS Certified Welding programs locally, nationally and internationally.

Farren was a longtime member of the CWI group. He enjoyed reading and hunting and was passionate about yard work. Farren was preceded in death by his parents; his son, Dan Elwood and sister-in-law Darlene Bachy. He is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Arlene Elwood, a daughter, Tammy (Rick) Crowell of Mead, CO, two grandchildren; Kyle Crowell and Daniel Elwood, brother Len (Collen) Elwood of CA and sister, Patty Johns of CA as well as cousin, Myron (Lori) Elwood of Greeley, CO, nephews; Bob Bachy, Jr., and Dennis Bachy; great-niece, Sheena (Erick) Lovett and family, great-nephew, Denny (Erica) Bachy and family and a loving family friend, Colleen Divine. Farren dedicated his life to the care and well being of his family. His family was his world.

A graveside service will be held 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 23 at Lyons Cemetery.
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Service Details

  • Service

    Wednesday, October 23rd, 2019 | 2:00pm
    When
    Wednesday, October 23rd, 2019 2:00pm
    Location
    Lyons Cemetery
    Address
    end of 3rd Ave.
    LYONS, CO 80540
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  • Interment

    Location
    Lyons Cemetery
    Address
    end of 3rd Ave.
    LYONS, CO 80540
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Ed Keegan

Posted at 04:56pm
Farren's knowledge in his field, and his integrity will not be matched. In my position I usually worked only tangentially with Farren. But on a few occasions I did have the pleasure to work directly with him. Due to my limited knowledge in structural metals and similar disciplines, he was my guide in all such topics. The airport, and all endeavors, need more like Farren.
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Ed and Jane Keegan

Posted at 03:49pm
For Farren's Family. Our deepest sympathy.
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Mark Kelley

Posted at 01:07pm
My deepest condolences for your loss, our loss. Farren was one my heroes and we will miss him.
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Paul Pfeiffer

Posted at 10:14pm
Arlene and family. My deepest condolences for your loss. I will never forget the friendship we had at DIA.
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Mark Kelley

Posted at 07:59pm
Farren used to come to my office at least once every two or three months to tell me about an event that would surely get him fired. Mike and Abdul have many more stories than I do, but I wanted to share this one as an example. Farren had told me that the contractor for the Hertz canopy project was a friend of Mayor Webb and his chief of staff, Wayne Cauthen and that I might be getting a call. (he said that a lot). I had a friendly relationship with Wayne at the time and told Farren not to worry. About a week later he stopped by again with another story and another warning of a phone call. This happened a total of four times. About a month later and after the first ground-breaking ceremony for Weston Hotel (lol) I had the occasion to walk back from the ceremony to the AOB garage with Wayne. Out of nowhere he says “So Mark, tell about this Farren Elwood. He works for you, right?” I nearly stopped dead in my tracks. But because I knew Farren and had countless discussions with him about the right way to do things, I had no problem responding. “He’s the best inspector I have.” Wayne asked “No personal issues with any of the contractors?” “Only the ones that don’t meet the specs”, I said. Wayne asked, “So he’s doing his job?” I said, “Better than anyone.” Wayne said, “Okay, so long as he’s doing his job.” That was the end of it. I will never forget that conversation and my gratitude at the time to have someone like Farren in a situation like that. Mike Steffens used to tell me that when the politicians are confronted with doing the right thing or a favor for a friend, they will always do the right thing if they are confronted with those choices. So true. I have told Farren’s story dozens of times to illustrate that point. This was a career lesson that I don’t think he was even aware of.
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