LaRaine Hyrum Farnsworth

LaRaine Hyrum Farnsworth, 67, passed away Wednesday March 30, 2022, peacefully at home after a short battle with cancer. He was born March 16, 1955, in St. George, Utah to Melvin Truman and Loretta Cox Farnsworth.

He married Ada Marie White on July 12, 2009, and they were sealed for time and eternity in the St. George Temple on December 17, 2016. LaRaine comes from a long line of St. George natives, graduating from Dixie High School before joining the U.S. Army in 1974. He drove tanks and earned a Sharpshooter badge as well as receiving a National Defense Service Medal for his time of service. Upon discharge, he returned to St. George working in the construction industry, mainly as a home builder, skilled in multiple trades.

Upon retirement, he still always had a house project under way and spent countless hours canning food for storage. His grandkids, nieces, and nephews adored him and always wanted to sleepover to help with projects and tend to the goats. LaRaine loved spending time with family the most, especially his grandkids. Rarely without his long, silver beard, at Christmas you could often find him dressing up as Santa for his grandkids and volunteering at different community events.

In his healthier years he enjoyed camping, four-wheeling, panning for gold, and shooting guns. He had a love of collecting animals and was usually found with a treat in his pocket for the goats or dogs. If anyone needed to rehome a pet, they called LaRaine and he would take them in, sometimes to the surprise of his wife.

He is survived by his wife Ada of Central, Utah; children from previous marriages: David (Ana) Farnsworth of McMinnville, Oregon and Alicia Bartlett of St. George, Utah; Michael (Lisa) Farnsworth of St. George, Utah; stepchildren: Jared Hayward of St. George, Utah; Danyelle (Glenn) Evans of Washington, Utah and children adopted through love and friendship: Eniola (Hollis) Morgan; siblings: Dixie Lister of Paragonah, Utah; Allen (Patty) Cannon of Pine Valley, Utah; Jerry Cannon of Pahrump, Nevada; Melvin B Farnsworth of Central, Utah; 12 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents Melvin and Loretta; son, James Farnsworth; and brother-in-law, Allan Lister.

Funeral services will be Monday, April 4, 2022, 1:00 p.m. with a viewing from 12-12:45 p.m. at the Veyo LDS Chapel, 176 E Center Street, Veyo, Utah 84728.

Family and friends that are unable to attend are invited to view the funeral service online by hovering over the white space below and clicking when you see the link.

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Passcode: 819042

Telephone (audio-only):

(346) 248-7799

Interment will take place in the Central Cemetery, N Cedar Drive, Central, UT 84722.

The family would like to thank Dr. William Esplin for the many years of excellent care and Angela with Zions Way Hospice along with their church family for the compassionate acts of service and continued support.

Arrangements are made under the direction of Spilsbury Mortuary. Friends and family are invited to sign LaRaine’s online guest book at

This Post Has 3 Comments

  1. Barbara Rogers

    LaRaine it was a blessing to know you and thank you for being such a wonderful man who made my cousin extremely happy and so in love. May God comfort our family at this time he now is at his best with our Heavenly Father until we meet again, all my love and blessings.

  2. Julie Dumas

    Ada, I’m so sorry for your heartache and loss. Laraine was sure a nice man, and I could tell how much he loved his animals when you both shared Rocky with us. God Bless your family in their sorrow.

  3. Alene Bulloch Stathos

    Ada and Family, I’ve just learned of LaRaine’s passing to which I’m so saddened to hear. We were classmates all through the years. I remember his jokester ways and radiant smile. My sincere condolences.

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