March 17, 1941 – October 16, 2017
Michael Clifford Farris of Incline Village, Nevada passed away peacefully at the age of 76 in Reno, Nevada on October 15, 2017 with his son at his side. He was born in San Rafael, California on March 17, 1941 to Robert Clifford Farris and Jene Elaine Cline.
A graduate of Fremont High School in Oakland, California, he went on to earn a B.S. and M.B.A. from Chico State University and Juris Doctorate from University of Tulsa School of Law.
After working for the California State Attorney General's Office and as a law clerk for Reno District Court judges, he opened one of the first private law practices in Incline Village, Nevada in 1972, specializing in Criminal and Personal Injury Law. He also served tenures as a Nevada State Public Defender and as a Chief Tribal Judge.
After retirement from the law business, he worked as a dealer in various casinos at the north and south shores of Lake Tahoe.
Mike loved sports and was an accomplished skier. In the summers, he enjoyed mountain biking and competing in the Donner Lake Triathlon. One of his greatest passions was off-road racing having participated in the Las Vegas Mint 400, the Fallon 250 Desert Race, the Hawthorne Desert Race, the Prairie City Race, Baja 500, Baja 1000 and San Felipe 250.
Mike is survived by his children Andrew Farris (Michelle) of Bend, Oregon; Renee Dewell (Grant) of Nevada, Iowa; Daphne Warren (Gregg) of Coronado, California; brother Robert Farris (Susan) of Vista Santa Rosa, California; half-brother Timothy Farris (Leslie) of Bellingham, Washington; half-sisters Linda Cahill (Mike) of Spokane, Washington, Roberta and Laura Farris of Olympia, Washington and Barbara Snell (Sean) of Zillah, Washington; grandchildren Makai Farris, Neiko Farris, Nicole Dewell, Caitlin Dewell, Nolan Dewell and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and half-brothers Bradley Farris and Gregory Farris.
At his request his ashes will be scattered in the Sierra Nevada Mountains surrounding Lake Tahoe, where he lived, worked and played most of his life.