Douglas Gordon Farnsworth passed away after a long bout of illness on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2010 at his home. He was 77.
Doug was born June 25, 1932 in Beaver, Utah, to Frank White and Alice Gale Farnsworth. He was the fourth of seven children.
Upon graduating from Beaver High School in 1950, he enrolled in the Branch Agricultural College in Cedar City and graduated from there in 1953. He served as a missionary in the Southern States Mission from 1954-56. During this time, his parents had relocated to Moab. He joined his parents here in Moab in the late spring of 1956.
A few months later he was drafted into the U.S. Army and was stationed at Ft. Bliss, Texas for six months and at Ft. Brooke, Puerto Rico for 18 months. At the completion of his service he returned to Moab.
During this time, he met Edra Vilate Holyoak. They were married on June 10, 1960 in the Manti LDS Temple. They are the parents of seven children: Victoria Lyn Black (Doug) of Amboy, Wash.; Rebecca Rich (Ronny) of Roosevelt, Utah; Cindy Bleggi (Darin) of Moab; Karen Sue Neely (Bob) of St. George, Utah; Robert Douglas (Celeste) of Moab; James Arlow (Layna) of Moab; and Reuben Kent (Summer) of Webb City, Mo. They have 31 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Doug was very active in the LDS Church and served in many callings. His favorite assignment was serving in the Monticello Temple. He was well known for his famous youth horseback trips every summer on the mountain. Incredibly, the injuries sustained on these trips were minimal.
Doug loved animals, and had many varieties of birds, horses, cows, and sheep. He loved gardening and had a deep appreciation for the beauty of flowers. He loved his family and especially his grandchildren.
Doug is survived by his wife of 49 years, just 103 days short of 50 years, all of his children and grandchildren, and a brother, Bob of Pocatello, Idaho. He will be missed by many.
Funeral services will be held at the Moab Stake Center, 701 Locust Lane, in Moab on Friday, March 5, at 11 a.m. A viewing will be held on Thursday, March 4, from 6-8 p.m., and on Friday morning from 9-10:30 a.m., also at the Moab Stake Center. Arrangements are provided by the Kimmerle-Hefner Funeral Home.