Wednesday, January 27, 2010

OBT: Mike Farhoudi

i had the wonderful fortune to have known Mike Farhoudi through coaching his sons over the years. this is another great loss for our community. he was a wonderful man who, with his wonderful wife Vinna, raised three outstanding young men. i am rather lost at finding this out.

Michael “Mike” Farhoudi

Michael "Mike" Farhoudi, 66, died peacefully at his home with his wife at his side on January 20, 2010, after a long and courageous battle with cancer. A memorial service will take place Wednesday, January 27, at 11:00 a.m. at the Kerrville Bible Church, 898 Harper Road. Pastor Chris McKnight will officiate.

Fulfilling his lifelong dream, Mike came to America in 1966. He studied at the University of Houston and worked part-time at the Rice Hotel. A year later, he met Vinna Conlee and it "was love at first sight." The couple married December 16, 1967 in Markham, TX, and lived in Houston, where Mike worked for Cameron Iron Works. As a young adult, Mike loved fishing and playing billiards and backgammon. He had a lifelong love of antiques and was a skilled furniture refinisher. His biggest passion, however, was his profound love for his family and enjoyment of family gatherings. Often, his "family" numbered in the hundreds.

In 1983, the family moved to Kerrville where Mike opened Pioneer Furniture and Moving Company. He proudly became a U.S. citizen in 1987. Later, the Major James Kerr Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution honored Mike as Citizen of the Year.

In 24 years of operating Pioneer, Mike garnered a reputation as a generous and friendly person who put people at ease, who took time to listen and encourage, and who delivered what he promised. He taught his family and his employees the value of integrity and hard work.

Born Mohammed Hormoz Farhoudi on December 28, 1943, in Tehran, Iran, he was the oldest son of Mohammed Taghi Farhoudi and Zara Atoofi Farhoudi. He grew up in Tehran and vacationed every summer with his family in Tafresh. He was preceded in death by his dear parents. He is survived by his wife of 43 years, three sons, and their families. These include Farrel and his wife, Shannon, of Los Altos, CA; Kamron and his wife, Jennifer, of Kerrville, and Ryan, of Hollywood, CA.

He was the devoted grandfather of Austin and Rachel Farhoudi of California and Ryland, Ethan and Lyla Farhoudi of Kerrville. Also of Kerrville are his niece, Shahrzad, and her husband, Ali (Jamshid) Vahidi, and their children, Golnaz and Navid. Other survivors include two sisters and their husbands, Sima Farhoudi and Usef Ahadi of Vancouver, Canada, and Homa Farhoudi and Javad Shahverdian of Tehran, Iran. His sisters' children are Sara Ahadi of Vancouver and Gita, Babak and Laudan Shaverdian and their families, all of Tehran. Also surviving in Tehran is his brother, Ali Parviz Farhoudi.

The family thanks VistaCare Hospice for their faithful compassion, especially Bonnie Bennett. Floral gifts can be sent to Kerrville Bible Church, or Memorial contributions may be given to the Sarcoma Foundation of America (9884 Main Street, Damascus, Maryland 20872) or to the charity of one's choice.

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