Jon Farmer grew up in St. Joseph, Michigan near the shore of lake Michigan and attended St. Joseph High School under the band supervision of Robert W. Brown. Jon attended University of Michigan, where he earned a B.S. degree Mechanical Engineering Design and M.S. in Computer-Aided Design Engineering, and played first tenor in the University of Michigan Jazz Band under Louis Smith. During and since his education Jon has played in various small combos and in improvising roles in church worship bands. Apart from jazz music, Jon also enjoys cabinetmaking and fishing.
Jon and his wife Mary have two daughters Laura and Rebekah, and now live in in Wake Forest, North Carolina.