Ross Nash Farnsworth Jr. passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by family and friends on Sept 5th, 2015 at the age of 59. Ross was born on February 14, 1956 in Mesa, Arizona to Ross Nash and Anita Cox Farnsworth. Ross was the second of 12 children, all of whom he preceded in death: Beth Coons (Chad), Julie Ashby, Joe Farnsworth (Sharanette), Amy Ahlstrom (Craig), Janet Turk (Terry), Bonnie Shill (Mark), Ruth Collins (Dave), Carol Tingey (Mike), Sherri Gurr (Kevan), Tom Farnsworth (Melissa), Jill Geigle (Jeremy).
Ross attended Westwood High School and had fond memories of his hometown Mesa. He loved the community and people dearly. After high school, he graduated with a degree in business from Brigham Young University. One of the known highlights of Ross’s life was his LDS mission service in Bogota, Colombia. During this time, he gained a love for the Colombian people and for all Latin Americans. His friends and family have known him for having a “Latino heart” as he has been continuously engaged in service to Latino people through his charity, One Life At a Time (olaat.org).
In 1979, he married Lori Barnes and they were blessed to have 6 children: Ross Nash Farnsworth III (Ashley), Brooke Martin (Brett), Heidi Ainge (Tanner), Haylie Nolen (Spencer), Ashton Farnsworth (Jill), Aubrey Farnsworth.
Ross was an entrepreneur and enjoyed working with many different people on many different projects spanning real estate, technology, education, and media. He was generous to a fault, and committed himself fully to helping individuals face challenges or afflictions of life- both financial and personal.
Ross’s greatest joy came from his 6 children and 13 grandchildren. He had a personal and special relationship with each of them and, as with everyone he met, he impacted them deeply and inspired them to always be their best, be kind to others, and to always seek to build the kingdom of God. He will be greatly missed.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, September 12th at 10 AM at the LDS Red Mountain Institute Building, 7126 E. McKellips Road, Mesa, AZ. There will be a viewing Friday September 11th from 5:30 – 7 PM, at the Mountain View Stake Center, 1550 N. Val Vista Dr., Mesa, AZ. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to One Life At a Time (olaat.org).