Lansing Grant Ellsworth, age 50, returned to his Heavenly Father on Friday, Aug. 22, 2008, near Moab, Utah. Lansing was accompanied in his passing by son John Dallin, age 23.
He was born in Mesa, Ariz. on Feb. 16, 1958, to Grant and Fern Shill Ellsworth. He married LynAnn Farnsworth in 1980 in the Mesa Arizona Temple.
Lansing grew up in Mesa, working summers on the family farms with his Dad and brothers. At age 19 he served in Paraguay as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He attended Brigham Young University in Provo, UT, and then earned a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at Washington State University in Pullman. He pursued veterinary pathology for one year at University of California Davis before attending medical school at the University of Washington in Seattle. Lansing then completed a pathology residency at the University of Arizona, Tucson, followed by a residency in dermatology. Lansing, LynAnn and their four children then moved to Cedar City, Utah, where he finally delighted in practicing the medicine he so loved.
For the past nine years Lansing has been the clinical director of Southwest Skin & Cancer’s Cedar City office, their traveling clinics, and Red Canyon Aesthetics and Medical Spa. He and his staff were committed to providing dermatology services to underserved communities. Lansing esteemed his patients and valued his co-workers.
He was currently serving on the hospital board of Valley View Medical Center and was also a member of the Cedar City Rotary Club. Lansing loved to travel with family and friends, especially to the beach in Rocky Point, Mexico, where he never got a sunburn. Looking toward the future, he had anticipated a return to farming as well as serving missions with LynAnn. Lansing loved the gospel of Jesus Christ and was His disciple, exemplifying loving service, obedience and faith. He was currently serving as a counselor in a bishopric.
Lansing is survived by his wife, LynAnn, their children Marie (Dan) Skinner, of Mesa, Ariz., daughter-in-law Kamber, Elder Christopher Ellsworth, currently serving in the Japan Hiroshima Mission of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and Hannah. He also leaves behind his beloved granddaughter, Madison, as well as two grandchildren due this fall, parents Grant and Fern Ellsworth, siblings Rene (Dwight) Allen, Mark, Michelle (David) Broadbent, Stacy (Steve) Shaha, and David (Marcia), parents-in-law Lynn and Mary Farnsworth, many treasured brothers and sisters-in-law, cousins, aunts and uncles, nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Saturday, Aug. 30 at the Cedar North Stake Center in Cedar City. In lieu of flowers please contribute to the General Missionary Fund of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 50 E. North Temple, 3 West Wing, Salt Lake City, UT, 84150-0303. Arrangements were entrusted to Swindlehurst Funeral Home. Online condolences can be sent to www.cedarcondolences.blogspot.com, or www.swindlehurstfuneralhome.com.