Jonathan Farmer Scholarship
(1981- 2019) Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jonathan R. Farmer was killed in action in Syria on January 16, 2019. A witness to war and violence in Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria on multiple deployments, he ached for the people suffering, especially the children. Jon was determined to do everything in his power to bring them some measure of peace and to relieve their suffering. It is nearly impossible to sum up the life of this great man in mere words. Jon was a great husband, father, son, brother, friend and soldier. He died for his country but he lived for his beloved wife and children, his family and friends and he served his God. Jon played Little League here in Laconia for American Legion. Jon attended Laconia High School then moved to North Palm Beach, Florida. He graduated from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine. He was a fine athlete, playing basketball and baseball in high school and was a Captain of the Bowdoin Basketball Team in his senior year in college. Jon joined the Army in 2005 and eventually became a Green Beret. He learned to speak Arabic during that time and worked constantly to master his profession. He never ceased to marvel at the courage and dedication of so many in the military. Jon grew up increasingly striving for good character and virtue. He lived life to the fullest, knowing that his job entailed great risk at times, but never letting fear dissuade him from his work and responsibility. Jon treasured his friends and made extraordinary efforts to maintain contact with them. He mentored and helped younger soldiers as he had in turn learned from his own mentors.
A recipient should be a team player, supportive of his teammates and respectful of his coach, his opponents and umpires. A recipient should be a hard worker, both in practice for games, at home and in school. A recipient should be generous with his time for others, for good causes and community involvement. These are the qualities that best describe Jonathan Farmer.