Roy Geis MacFarland ’57, J.D. ’60 was born on March 14, 1935, to Roy Garwood MacFarland and his wife, Catherine “Kitty” Geis MacFarland of Glasgow, Montana. Roy Sr. was a mining engineer. Mrs. MacFarland was an educator. The MacFarlands moved to Spokane, Washington, where Roy spent most of his childhood years, attending school in Spokane and graduating high school from Gonzaga Preparatory School in 1953. He attended SCU, graduating with a B.S. in philosophy and a minor in history. In the fall of 1956, Roy enrolled in the Santa Clara School of Law; however, his schooling was interrupted as a result of active duty in the U.S. Army. He returned to law school in 1958 and graduated in June 1960. He was admitted to the California State Bar that same year. He initially went to work for the U.S. Department of Treasury in both Los Angeles and San Francisco. While working in San Francisco, Roy met and married Alice R. Ford on June 24, 1961. He left the Treasury Department for private practice in Willows, California, founding with his uncle the law firm of Geis and MacFarland. Roy practiced law until his appointment to the Superior Court in 1976. After a distinguished career, he retired from the bench in 1997. He remained active in the courts as a retired judge until 2007. Roy died Oct. 9, 2017, in Sacramento, California. He was preceded in death by his parents, Roy and Kitty, his brother, Tom, and in 2006, his wife, Alice. He is survived by their six children: Catherine MacFarland of Dallas, Texas; Anne MacFarland (Bryce Thull) of Omaha, Nebraska; Roy Garcia MacFarland (Lisa) of San Jose; Maria MacFarland of Colusa, California; Duard MacFarland (Omar Cardenas) of Sacramento, and John MacFarland (Valerie) of Denver, Colorado. In addition to 11 grandchildren and extended family, he is survived by brother-in-law Thomas J. Ford of Iloilo, Philippines.

08 Nov 2018