Coast Guard still searching for former Clare man

By Pat Maurer

Review Correspondent

The search is still going on to find a Northport man who has been missing since October 15.

Jay Evans Farr, formerly of Clare, was reported missing early Sunday morning. According to information from the Coast Guard he had left home in a canoe around 10:30 a.m. Saturday in rough waters to retrieve the dinghy for his sailboat.

According to Farr’s girlfriend he had just docked his boat because of the weather. Reportedly Farr enjoyed sailing on Lake Michigan in his spare time.

The Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City crew spotted a dinghy matching the description of Farr’s on the East side of Grand Traverse Bay around 10:45 Sunday morning.

Farr’s ex-wife, Joni Landmesser, of Clare said both the canoe and dinghy were recovered Sunday afternoon about nine miles offshore.

The search was called off Monday due to weather, but Landmesser said the Coast Guard was conducting a sonar search in Northport Bay Wednesday morning.

Farr lived in Clare for 19 years, until about three years ago, when he moved to Northport. He worked for SMART, a bus company in Detroit and was based in Clare. He was on the Clare Little League Board and was on the Board of Directors for White Birch Lakes, where he owned property.

Farr coached Clare Little League when his daughter Jennifer played from 1997 to 2002. He also coached a girls’ softball team for the Mt. Pleasant Drillers for about five years. Jennifer was a pitcher for the team, which won the world series in 2003. The league is for girls 14 and under, 16 and under and 18 and under, and is run by Jim Powell.

“He touched a lot of lives in Clare,” Landmesser said. They were married for 23 years, and have a daughter, Farr’s two stepdaughters and 14 grandchildren.