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Robert E. Farnsworth

11/26/1931 - 07/13/2020

Robert E. Farnsworth “Bob” passed away peacefully on Monday, July 13, 2020 in Mesa, Arizona.

Bob served his country in the United States Air Force for 22 years, after retiring from the Air Force. Bob worked for the Arizona Republic for another 22 years. Bob loved his country and he loved his family even more.

Bob is survived by his wife Marion “May”, brothers David and Morris; children: Alex, David (Anne), Julie (Doug) Shade, 8 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren. Family meant everything to Bob.

Bob met May in Scotland while on his way to an Air Force assignment in England. The plane he was traveling in wasn’t able to land in London due to fog and the plane had to be re-routed to Prestwick, Scotland. While in Prestwick for the layover, Bob decided to do a little sight seeing. It was there while walking over the Brig O’Doon (the bridge over the Doon river) that he met May. The rest is history for the two. They were married April 1955.

Funeral Services for Bob will be Saturday, July 18, 2020 at the LDS Stake Center located at 611 N. Stewart in Mesa. Visitation will begin at 9:30 with a funeral service at 10:00 a.m. Interment will be at 11:00 at the Mesa cemetery.

Due to COVID-19, services will be limited to members of the family. 

Funeral arrangements handled by Bunker Family Mortuary.


  • Scott D Kotter

    Bob and May and your entire family are an inspiration to me. Loved getting know Bob and May and the rich lives they both live. Their children are delightful. Being in their home, the energy there is amazing. Watching them grow old and walk through tough times was beautiful to see. I love the way Bob transitioned to new living arrangements to be with May and seek a good life together. I really enjoyed getting to know their children. Two powerful souls that did much good and lived a powerful life. A life well lived with great energy and love. My heart goes out to you in your time of loss. Thank you for all the Farnsworth families have added to our community for these many years.

  • “Oh Papa”…so appropriate a refrain so many times… after every corny joke, after every funny face. An now, “Oh Papa”… you and Mom have gone home now. We will miss your baritone chuckle, your endless optimism and good humor. We are better, so much better, for having received of your love. Love you Pops… See you on the other side.

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