Farmers & Merchants Bank Celebrates Client’s 100th Birthday

Lawrence D. Funk opened his first F&M account in 1951

August 11, 2016

Farmers & Merchants Bank (F&M Bank) celebrated the 100th birthday of Lawrence “Dan” Funk, a valued client for over 65 years.

F&M’s Bixby Knolls office, at 4545 California Avenue in Long Beach, played host to Mr. Funk’s 100th birthday celebration on Thursday afternoon. F&M employees, clients and family of Mr. Funk all attended the festivities. He was celebrated with a cake, balloons, a special letter of thanks from F&M Executives and a “Happy Birthday” song from the crowd.

Phil L. Sblendorio, Senior Vice President and Regional Manager at F&M Bank said “We always look up to Mr. Funk, he’s like a family member.”

F&M Bank Chairman of the Board and CEO, Daniel K. Walker said “It is truly a special honor for all of us here at F&M to have the privilege of serving a client like Mr. Funk for these last 65 years.“

Larry Funk, son of Mr. Funk, expressed his gratitude saying “It’s rare that a bank takes the time to do special occasions like these.”

“This bank is almost like my family. I was so surprised! I didn’t know”, said Mr. Funk. Mr. Funk has lived in Long Beach for over 70 years where he attended Lowell Elementary School in Belmont Shore and graduated from Banning High School in Wilmington. After he was drafted in the United States Army and served our country for 5 years, he worked as a Trainer and delivered gas for Mobil Oil for 35 years. Today, Mr. Funk is retired and spends his time with his 2 children and 2 grandchildren. He still drives around town as part of his daily routine. In fact, he recently purchased a brand new car. Mr. Funk has been a loyal client at Farmers & Merchants Bank since 1951.

About Farmers & Merchants Bank
Founded in Long Beach in 1907 by C.J. Walker, Farmers & Merchants Bank has 24 branches across Orange County, Long Beach and the South Bay. The Bank specializes in commercial and small business banking, business loan programs, home loans, and a robust offering of consumer retail banking products, including checking, savings and youth accounts. Farmers & Merchants Bank is a California state chartered bank with deposits insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (Member FDIC) and an Equal Housing Lender.