Richard James Phare, age 77, of Ferndale, passed away on February 21, 2019. Richard was born in Tulalip, Washington to Richard and Norma Phare. He graduated from Ferndale High School in 1961. Richard was a life-long commercial fisherman, retiring from Intalco and had a few side jobs at Diehl Ford and Saveway Gas Station. He was described as a happy, friendly, loyal, loving, caring, hardworking, faithful, generous, kind, great friend and a jokester. He will be remembered for his laugh, sense of humor, nickname creator with rhymes and Seahawk fan extraordinaire. He is preceded in death by his mother Norma Kelly Cline; stepfather Wilfred Cline; father Richard B. Phare; stepmother Dorothy Sam Phare; and brother Gary Cline. Richard is survived by his wife Vivian; siblings Marie Phare, Darrell Phare, Jewell Minnick, Lillian Marquez, Ross Cline Sr., Ronald Cline, Carmen Cline, and Tom Cline; children Richard C. Phare, Audrey Phare, Sheryl Phare, Steven Phare Sr., Troy Phare, James Phare, Steven Phare Jr., Tyler Phare, Kaylee Phare, Danny Phare and Chris Brooks; grandchildren Anthony Phare, Latonya, Sweetie, Trent, Rachelle, David Heathers, and Kyle Phare; 5 great-granchildren and numerous other relatives.A prayer service will be held on Tuesday, February 26, at 7:00pm. Funeral services will be Wednesday February 27, at 10:00am. Both services will be held at the Wexliem Community Building.