Bryan was a cup of coffee in a half-caff latte, soy chai tea world. He was strong, bold & exhilarating. And he smelled good.
Bry didn’t have an easy childhood and at 18, he experienced the challenge of his life when he broke his back. Where many may have given up, Bryan found the strength to persevere. He spent nearly a year in the hospital learning to do things the doctors said a man paralyzed from the knees down would never do again like walking, driving & boogie-boarding. Bryan never considered himself “handicapped.” Like roasting brings out the rich flavor of coffee, these early trials transformed Bryan into the audacious and complex man we all loved.
A “people person” and a consummate salesman, Bryan was genuinely interested in people and had a wicked sense of humor. Some might consider him an acquired taste, but for most, once you were introduced to Bryan, you were hooked. He honed his interpersonal skills selling insulation door-to-door at Ski Insulation and then as a rental agent at Rent Guide before starting his own company, Welcome Home Rentals, where he made his fortune until the housing crash.
He hid his warm, sweet center, but to family & friends Bryan was generous to a fault, especially to his beloved mother Jacqueline Ruth Armstrong, and his younger brother Marold Fredrick “Fred” Smith III, both of whom preceded him in heaven. Likewise, he loved the family he has left behind: his father, Frank Emery Farmer of Warsaw, MO; older brother, Robert Farmer of Olathe, KS; only sister, Michele Barrier-Smith of Parkville, MO; cousin/sister, Jeanie Griggs-Eastus of Sheridan, CA; cousin/adopted son, Matthew Fennel & wife Danielle of Lawrence, KS; and nieces/nephews: Brandon McDaniel & wife Kaley; Jered Farmer; Emery Farmer; Ashley Barrier; Beth Hesselman & husband Tyler; and Jacob Farmer.
Bryan leaves behind a loving fiancée, Cyntia King of Forsyth, MO, who will forever miss the rich flavor he brought to the daily grind; and her family who cared for Bryan like one of their own, including her father, David Poore & wife Janelle of Independence, MO; Patty Werth & husband Rick of Lansing, KS; Christine Poore of Gardner, KS; and nieces/nephews: Brandon Poage of Gardner, KS; Lee Ann Poage of Gardner, KS; and Derek Poore & wife Stephanie of Shawnee Mission, KS.
Bryan was an avid sports fan who enjoyed baseball, basketball, boxing and, most especially, football. Go Chiefs! He was a fantasy football strategist who loved playing with his second family, the Langs, including: his best friend since high school, Chris Lang & wife Carol; and Chris’ parents Charles & Patricia Lang. They were family he picked and he loved them dearly.
In the end, Bryan still had so much more to do, but his body was not able to continue. He wouldn’t want tears at his passing, though. Bryan was a shot of energy that brings a smile to your face and puts a twinkle in your eye. He’d want everyone to share a bawdy joke, laugh and remember him for the strong amazing man he was. Friends and family are invited to gather at his childhood home on Saturday, July 18th from 1pm until 5pm to remember Bryan and celebrate his life (https://www.facebook.com/events/2080884752105057).
Arrangements and cremation are under the direction of Cremations of the Ozarks. To leave an online condolence, please visit www.cremationsoftheozarks.com.