By Marjorie Woodfin
Pilot staff writer
Daryn Farmer and Scott Bakker have joined forces. Bakker has resigned from his intelligence position at Pelican Bay State Prison to join Farmer in his insurance business, State Farm Insurance.
As they talk about their desire to serve the community, it's easy to see why the two men look forward to working together.
Farmer, named 2007 Volunteer of the Year by the Brookings Harbor Chamber of Commerce in recognition of his many community service activities, is a strong believer in giving back to the community.
Although he has been the recipient of many insurance awards, Farmer said about the volunteer award, "It meant more to me than any insurance award."
Bakker, in his position as commander of the South Coast Squadron of the Oregon Civil Air Patrol (CAP) Wing, and one of the founding members of Guardians From Above (GFA), is heavily involved in Homeland Security, also spending many hours in volunteer service.
In fact, Bakker's work to keep the community safer served to provide impetus to his desire to change occupations.
He said, "When I was looking at my Homeland Security information, I discovered the suggestion that one the first individual acts in protecting security should be to make sure insurance coverage is up to date."
The State Farm Insurance Company motto appears to be a perfect fit for both men, "Like a good neighbor, State Farm is there."
Farmer said that his office can offer complete insurance and financial services, including auto, life, health, home, boats, and motorcycles. "There's nothing we can't do," he said.
He explained the advantages of having all coverage with one agency, "If a person has all financial and insurance services in one agency, it can expedite claims and allow the provider information to enhance services."
Bakker said he feels that being a pilot experienced in search and rescue, as well as his experience in the prison system, will help him better serve those in the military and law enforcement.
About Farmer, Bakker said, "He encourages everybody to get involved. It gives me a reason to come to work and I am looking forward to serving clients in bringing insurance up to date."
He added, "Daryn supports my efforts and encourages CAP and GFA. Working together we can enhance the life of the community as business associates in California and Oregon."
Farmer's family has been representing State Farm Insurance in Brookings Harbor for many years. His father preceded him as a State Farm agent for 37 years, and he has been following in his father's footsteps for six years.
The office is located at the corner of Chetco and Hillside avenues. The telephone number is (541) 469-7431.