Vernon Andrew Farnum Fund

Gift of a Family Home Supports Community Need - Forever

It is never easy to lose a loved one. And when family members live far away, administering an estate can add strain to a process that is already fraught with difficulty. That's why the daughter and son-in-law of Vernon Andrew Farnum turned to the Sacramento Region Community Foundation. Kathryn and Dale Misczynski, who live in Austin, Texas, were faced with the task of selling their father's house in Sacramento after he passed away. Rather than going through the long process from hundreds of miles away, the Misczynskis decided to donate the property to the Foundation, which then handled the details of the real estate transaction. Mr. Farnum's estate planning attorney, James Deeringer, played a key role in the process.

"Our decision to join the Sacramento Region Community Foundation was solidified by our association with Jim," the Misczynskis affirmed. "We were impressed by his courteous and gracious manner, and his explanation of the process of estate planning to our 80-year-old father. When we heard Jim had partnered with the Foundation in the past, we were confident in our choice for Dad's gift."

Once the house was sold, the proceeds created the Vernon Andrew Farnum Fund. The Misczynskis received a tax-deduction for the appreciated value of the home and the satisfaction of establishing a permanent memorial for Vernon.

Vernon Farnum, who had worked in electronics and construction, loved to keep learning through reading, operating his ham radio, and the computer. However, his greatest pride was in his family, which in addition to his daughter and son-in-law included his grandson Michael and great-grandsons Miles and Henry Misczynski.

The endowment for the Vernon Andrew Farnum Fund will provide unrestricted support for the Sacramento Region Community Foundation to carry out its mission of meeting area needs and enhancing the quality of life in the region. "We were so impressed with your devotion and professionalism to bring this process to its successful conclusion," said Kathryn and Dale. "Dad would be very pleased to know his fund will help others find growth in their lives."

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