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Community mourns loss of local soldier, devoted dad

Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jonathan R. Farmer, 37, killed in Syria. (WPEC)

A soldier and father who grew up in Palm Beach Gardens is among the four Americans killed in a suicide blast in Syria.

“Hilarious, tall, handsome, smart, educated, funny,” said Cathy White.

Those are just a few of the adjectives Cathy White used to describe Army Chief Warrant Officer 2, Jonathan R. Farmer when remembering him Friday.

Farmer was among the four Americans killed Wednesday in a suicide blast in Syria.

White said Jonathan grew up across the street from her.

“He was a friend of two of my sons. They went to high school together and they have been good friends for 22 years they’ve known each other,” said White.

White said they were shocked to hear he’s gone.

“They’re heartbroken, but they’re very brave people and they’re going to get through it because they have to,” said White.

Farmer was 37 years old and, according to the Department of Defense, served six overseas combat tours since 2007.

He has received numerous awards including the Bronze Star Medal and the Purple Heart.

“He was just a very excellent person that you would be so proud of to be in the military and be an example to your children. He’s just a fantastic person,” said White.

Farmer leaves behind a wife and four children who White told us now live in Tennessee.

“He loved his children, of course. Everyone loves their children, but he was gone a lot so when he was with them he was very devoted,” said White.

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