Rev. and Dr. Faulder Colby, age 73, of Clinton, passed away at his home on Sunday, August 6, 2017, following a lengthy battle with cancer.
Dr. Colby was born on July 30, 1944, in Lima, Ohio, to Guy Irving Colby III and Katharine Ann (Faulder) Colby. He graduated from Hillcrest High School in Dallas, Texas in 1962. In addition to attending Oberlin College as an undergraduate, Faulder also attended Texas Tech University and the University of Texas at Austin. He earned a B.A. in Music from the University of Texas at Austin in 1970. He received a Master of Divinity (M.Div) from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary in 1973. In 1982 he earned an M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Appalachian State University, in Boone, North Carolina, and in 1986 Faulder received a Ph.D in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He served his internship in Pennsylvania. At one time he served as a director of a community services organization for Wake County, North Carolina and he also had a longtime association with the Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland. He worked with the Washington State Department of Corrections as a forensic psychologist for some time. From 1973 to 1975 he was associate pastor of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Raleigh, North Carolina. Coming to Clinton in 2005, he established the South Whidbey Psychological Associates. He was also an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church USA and served in the Northwest Synod of that denomination.
Faulder was a member of the Langley United Methodist Church, and sang bass in the church choir. His passion for music led to a lifelong friendship with international cello superstar Lynn Harrell. In addition to being a fine pianist when he was younger, Faulder was also an excellent musicologist and a frequent patron of opera companies and symphony orchestras. Faulder loved family and community and frequently put into practice his barbecue skills at gatherings. He was a great cook, and his culinary artistry brought forth new, unusual and artistic creations, including a family beloved planked salmon. At one time, while he was a student at Appalachian State in Boone, North Carolina, he partially supported himself as a baker, making and selling various bread products.
Faulder is survived by his children: Michael Ian Colby (Kathi) of Redding, Connecticut; Catherine Ryan Keay (Travis) of Lynnwood, Washington; Josiah Scott Alexander Colby and Grace Katharine Colby, both of Clinton, Washington; his brother, Guy Irving Colby IV of Irving, Texas; five grandchildren: Mason Michael Colby, Kaylin Odessa Colby, Alaina Ryan Colby, Sydney Sophia Keay and Sawyer Beckett Keay. Faulder had been formerly married to Carol Ann Cullen (January 25, 1969--mother of Michael and Catherine), Susan Elizabeth Woodard (October 13, 1979) and Melisa Lea Hill Cantrell (February 14, 1998—mother of Josiah and Grace). He was preceded in death by his father, Guy Irving Colby III and mother Katharine Ann (Faulder) Colby.
Viewing will be Sunday, August 13, 2017, from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM at Whidbey Memorial Chapel, 746 NE Midway Blvd., Oak Harbor. A Graveside Service will be held Monday, August 14, 2017, 9:30 AM at Langley Cemetery, followed by a Memorial Service at the Langley United Methodist Church at 11:00 AM, Pastor Mary Boyd officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, PO Box 19024, Seattle, WA 98109-1024. Family and friends are encouraged to share memories and condolences at www.whidbeymemorial.com.