Charles Eugene Farmer

Charles Eugene Farmer, a TV writer whose credits include “Laugh In,” “The Smothers Brothers” and “Sanford and Son,” died May 13 from natural causes. He was 69.

Farmer, who made the jump to TV after working clubs from east to west with his comedy act, also wrote for “That’s My Mama,” “Chico and the Man,” “CPO Sharkey,” “Good Times” and “Real People.”

The Normal, Ill., native received a B.A. from UC Davis and an M.A. from Stanford U. He held many jobs before his gig as a TV writer, including farmer, editor, bug inspector, private investigator and professor of political science at Bemidji U. in Minnesota. He also served in the Korean War as a Marine.

Farmer, who was retired, had recently completed his memoirs.

He is survived by his wife, daughter, two sons, mother and two sisters.

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