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Colby Paul Ellsworth

01/21/2000 - 07/22/2021
Service Date: 07/31/2021
Service Time: 10 AM
Service Location: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Mesa East Stake Center, 2228 E. Brown Road, Mesa, AZ 85213
Visitation Date: 07/31/2021
Visitation Time: 9 AM
Visitation Location: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Mesa East Stake Center, 2228 E. Brown Road, Mesa, AZ 85213
Interment: Mountain View Memorial Gardens, 7900 East Main St., Mesa, Arizona

Colby Paul Ellsworth, of Mesa, Arizona passed away peacefully on July 22, 2021 at home with family. Colby was born on January 21, 2000 in Potomac Falls, Virginia. He is the sixth child of Cory and Amy Ellsworth, entering this life a few minutes after his twin brother, Cade. Colby dealt bravely with the effects of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.

Colby graduated from Mountain View High School in 2018. He served a Service Mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at the Mesa Family History Record Operations Center and the Gilbert Temple. He loved his assignments and was loved in return. Colby studied a few semesters at Mesa Community College.

Despite a challenging body, Colby was always upbeat and never uttered a word of complaint about his life. He said, “I’ve enjoyed every minute of my life” and his daily walk (or roll, considering he moved about in a power wheelchair since he was eight years old) proved that he truly believed that. He had the sweetest of demeanors and an excellent and unpredictable sense of humor.  Colby was brave and heroic. His parting leaves a gaping hole in the fabric of his family and friends. But Colby and his family believe in the continuation of life and of the reality of a Father in Heaven and a loving Savior and that this parting will only be temporary.

Colby leaves behind his parents, Cory and Amy Ellsworth, his sisters, Atley Heath (Camden) and Emily Nicoll (Brigham), his brother, Cade (Summer), and other beloved relatives. Preceding him in death were his brothers, Ethan, and Ben.

Colby’s funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 31, 2021 at the Mesa East Stake Center, located at 2228 E. Brown Road. The funeral will be preceded by a viewing at the same location at 9 a.m..


  • Stephen and Carolei Phelps

    Amy and Cory – if I were ever called upon to nominate someone for “sainthood”, it would be you two kids. How beautifully you have handled the multitude of challenges laid at your feet time after time, year after year. Thank you for taking such good care of Colby, and all of your children. Thank you for your Christ-like lives. Our hearts go out to you. We love you both! — Stephen and Carolei Phelps

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