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Albert M Farnsworth

Our beloved father, grandad and great grandad, Albert M Farnsworth, 91, passed away at home in Gilbert, Arizona surrounded by his family on November 12, 2020. Al was born September 10, 1929 in Colonia Garcia, Chihuahua Mexico. His family moved to El Paso, Texas when he was eight years old and eventually moved  to Chandler, Arizona, where they homesteaded a dairy farm. He graduated from Chandler High School where he played basketball and participated in Future Farmers of America. Al served as a missionary in Mexico for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints from 1949-1952. 

 

He earned his Associates Degree from Santa Monica College and played for a semi-professional basketball team for a short time. Later he met the love of his life, Connie Ackerman. They were married April 17, 1954 and sealed for eternity one year later in the Mesa Arizona Temple. 

 

Al loved farming and owned a vineyard in Mexico for 25 years. He also was President & CEO of Orange-Sol Inc. He was a natural entrepreneur. 

 

Al loved the Lord and spent much of his time and energy building the kingdom. He served as Bishop of Chandler Fourth Ward, Counselor in the Chandler Arizona Stake Presidency, Ordinance Worker in the Mesa Arizona Temple, Mission President of the Quito Ecuador Mission, Counselor in the Mesa Arizona Temple Presidency and President of the Hermosillo Mexico Temple. He also served as a Sealer in the Mesa and Gilbert Arizona Temples. He cherished serving side by side with his sweetheart, Connie. They had a gift for loving others and in turn were well loved. 

 

Church and work demanded much of his time, but home with his family was where he loved to be. Al’s favorite things include Connie’s home-cooked meals, road trips, flying his plane, light hearted pranks, music, teaching the gospel and reminiscing with friends and family. 

 

Al is survived by thirteen children; Steve (Tami) Farnsworth, Connie (Bob) Barnette, Linda (Kevin) Booth,  Dee Dee (Shane) Wright, Eddie (Janet) Farnsworth, Jack (Tami) Farnsworth, Mary (Mark) Mateski, Betty (Russell) Beazer, Thomas (Tyrina) Farnsworth, Tim (Krista) Farnsworth, John (Jera) Farnsworth, Stacie (Danny) Larson, and David (Sarah) Farnsworth. Al and Connie have 87 grand children and 90 great-grand children. He is also survived by his sister Mary Kleinman. He is preceded in death by his wife, Connie Farnsworth & son in law, Shane F. Wright. 

 

Al left this life with an undeniable testimony of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We say goodbye for now, but not forever.

 

A viewing will be held 6-8 pm Sunday, November 22, 2020 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints located at 2740 S. Lindsay Road Gilbert, Arizona. 

 

Due to Covid and size of our family, we have been asked to limit the in-person attendance for the Funeral to family only. Services will be held at the same location 10:00 am, Monday, November 23, 2020. Please wear masks. There will be no public viewing prior to funeral. 

 

To view the funeral click on the link below. 

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJ4ml2xC1znAExQtywQDj9w

 

In lieu of flowers please consider making a donation to the Missionary Fund of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 

 

25 Comments

  • Linda Amadio Porter Posted November 17, 2020 3:43 PM

    I loved your father. He was our bishop in 4th Ward. I will never forget him. Condolences to the entire family.

  • Kenny Thatcher Posted November 17, 2020 3:55 PM

    There are no words eloquent enough to describe the love for this special man. His love and testimony, and patient wisdom has been an incredible example. His effort to pursuade and help me serve a mission changed my life forever. He was not just a Bishop, President, Counselor, he was a true friend. I know he is enjoying his reunion with his beloved Connie, who was such an Angel. Hasta la vista hermano.

  • Steve Beck Posted November 17, 2020 4:06 PM

    I will be forever grateful for the wonderful mission president, friend, and mentor he has been in my life. He was a giant among giants and has been and wonderful example in every way. We will miss him dearly but know he is happy to be reunited with his sweetheart. They were loved by all! Much love to the wonderful Farnsworth Family.

  • Cheri Poulsen Posted November 17, 2020 4:08 PM

    We just loved Bro Farnsworth so much! He always liked to save seats for our family at church each week. Sure will miss seeing him and his smile. Love to John & Jera, the Mateski’s, and all of the Farnsworth family! ❤️

  • Tammie Willis Posted November 17, 2020 4:18 PM

    Dale and I have been thinking about Albert for the last few days and reminiscing about this great man. I met him for the first time the evening he married Dale and me in the temple and he became a friend. We will miss him until we see him again beyond the veil.

  • Joseph Zambrano Posted November 17, 2020 4:25 PM

    Words can’t describe how grateful I am for your great example as my mission president. We will miss you deeply, however, he is happy to be reunited with his lovely wife. Gracias presidente por todo su amor. ❤️

  • Kimberly Van De Graaff Posted November 17, 2020 4:45 PM

    Your father was such a great man! I have been privileged to have associated with one of God’s greatest spirits. He has blessed my life and he will be missed! May you always be able to feel him nearby.

  • Clint Brown Posted November 17, 2020 6:44 PM

    President Farnsworth is an amazing human being, and influenced me and my life in the most significant way. He taught me how to lead, work hard, set goals and achieve them, as well as show love to others. He is now with Sister Farnsworth, and reunited once again!

  • Bob & Laura Sisk Posted November 18, 2020 10:55 AM

    Some men that are of General Authority calibre never are able to serve in that capacity because the Lord needs them here amongst us ‘commoners’ to demonstrate that Christ-like living is not just a General Authority thing. Al Farnsworth was certainly at that level.

  • Jorge del pezo Posted November 18, 2020 1:46 PM

    Mi querido y amado pte de misión fue un gusto y un honor servir a tu lado y seguro nos vamos a ver con el rey , gracias por sus consejos no serán olvidados lo tengo en mi corazón pte

  • Servando Rojas Posted November 18, 2020 10:25 PM

    Al Farnsworth, a great man! Tuve el privilegio de coonocerle y tratarle durante años: Serví como Sellasor bajo su dirección, él como miembro de la Pdcia. del Templo de Mesa, AZ. Trabajé bajo su dirección en la Cía. Orange-Sol. Fuimos compañeros Selladores también en el Templo de Gilbert, AZ. Siempre fue un ejemplo e inspiración para mí por siu amor a su familia y a sus semejantes, su comprensión, su sabiduría, conocimiento de las Escrituras, su fidelidad y su incansable servicio en la Obra. Le consideré siempre del calibre de una Autoridad General! Le extrañaremos, pero nos veremos pronto… Saludos cariñosos a toda la hermosa familia Farnsworth!!

  • Gary Bower Posted November 19, 2020 1:17 AM

    I had the privilege of knowing and working with Al for the better part of 20 years. He was one of the most humble and honest men I have had the privilege of working with. He set an excellent example for others and his principles are reflected in many of his children that I also had the privilege to work with. Yes he will be missed by all but no forgotten.

  • Shawn Pearce Posted November 19, 2020 11:16 AM

    President Farnsworth was a great example to me. He impacted my life in many ways. I am grateful to have known him. His teachings and testimony will always be remembered. My condolences to the entire Farnsworth family. I know that he had a joyful reunion with Sis Farnsworth. I am very grateful to him and all that he did.

  • Juan Carlos Camacho Posted November 20, 2020 4:19 PM

    Rest in peace President Farnsworth

  • Deanna Butler Posted November 21, 2020 10:11 AM

    Some of my most treasured moments were serving with President and Sister Farnsworth in the Ecuador Quito Mission and in the temple in Hermosillo. Thank you to all the Farnsworth family for sharing your father, grandad, and great grandad with all of us. I have learned so much from their examples, and am so blessed by my association with your family.

  • David Atkinson Posted November 21, 2020 11:05 AM

    Thank you David
    Words cannot Express our love, caring, and memories os Al. A blessing to is to know and associate with him in so many areas

  • Mary Carpenter Posted November 22, 2020 8:30 AM

    In my years of working for Al . I was always amazed at his & Connie’s love, faith and generosity to all who came their way. I know he is so happy to be with his sweet Connie.

  • Jeff and Christeena Driggs Posted November 22, 2020 3:12 PM

    Sending your family so much love and prayers of peace. Your father is such a wonderful man. He is an amazing example of patience, long-suffering, kindness, selflessness and unconditional love. He is a gentle giant and he will be missed.. May God bless you all and lift you during this time of great loss. Rest In Peace, President Farnsworth., until we meet again. We love you dearly – Jeff Driggs, Christeena “Michelle” Riggs and Family. ❤️

  • JORGE PIMIENTA Posted November 22, 2020 9:08 PM

    amigo. en tu honor gracias por siempre

  • Trent Boggess Posted November 22, 2020 10:33 PM

    Presidente always was teaching us.. His enthusiasm for the Lord’s work was contagious. I am so grateful for all that he taught me. Thank you Farnsworth family for supporting your parents on their mission to Ecuador. They blessed many lives including mine.

  • Shelly Haggarton Posted November 23, 2020 10:01 AM

    Al was such a great man who helped so many people in so many ways. He played an important part in my family’s conversion and growth in the Church. He helped us in so many other ways as well. I often wonder where I would be if not for him. He and Connie were great examples of love, faith and living the Gospel. He was a true servant of the Lord, he lived that calling to the fullest. I will be grateful to him forever.

  • RoseMarie Mickie Babbitt Palmer Posted November 23, 2020 12:12 PM

    I will add my high praises and gratitude for a great mans’s life. A life that impacted, in a dramatic way, the opportunities, I and my siblings have had to live in this, the United States. We have been able to worship as we chose, experience safety for the most part, study and enjoy the freedoms and opportunities, we would have otherwise not had, without Al’s help. He showed an interest in our well being and said he loved and cared about us. In my mind I hadn’t figured about why I ended up living with his mother and sister Mary, so I could go to school. It finally dawned on me that Jack and Al Farnsworth must have arranged that. How grateful I was as a little girl and now more so as an old woman that realizes how much work and stress I must have brought to that household and others who opened their home to me to come to the United States to attend school for three years. My gratitude is great.

  • Ryan Ashworth Posted November 23, 2020 9:03 PM

    My life was changed because of President and Sister Farnsworth. They both had such an impact on my life. Their strong faith in the gospel and love for each other has been an example to me since my mission. I find myself quoting him often as I teach my own children. I loved cooking beside Sister Farnsworth and still use many of her recipes and cooking tips. Their influence has been felt throughout my life and will continue through the lives of my children. I just hope they can both see now the far reaching and eternal impact that their lives of service had on me, my family, and the multitude of others that they served.

  • Michael Hannan Posted November 23, 2020 9:31 PM

    I will always be grateful for the example of Christ-like love which Al displayed in so many ways. He was a mentor as well as a friend. I have no doubt whatsoever that he has been welcomed into a splendid multitude of individuals including his beloved Connie.

  • Anita Clark Posted November 23, 2020 10:41 PM

    I am so grateful to have served as a missionary under President Farnsworth’s leadership. He was a great man and influenced me for good in so many ways. I know he is happy to be with Sister Farnsworth again.

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