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Allen LaMar Farnsworth

03/09/1933 - 10/17/2019

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Allen LaMar Farnsworth, age 86, passed away at his home, surrounded by family, on October 17, 2019, in Sandy Utah, from leukemia.  He was born March 9, 1933, in Duchesne, Utah, to Ronald Edwin and Doritha Leora Law Farnsworth. LaMar attended Brigham Young University and the University of Utah.  He served as Zoo Director for 33 of his 44 years at Utah’s Hogle Zoo. .  LaMar was devoted to his family and cared greatly about others. He was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served faithfully in numerous callings. He enjoyed animals, traveling, reading, and sports activities.

He is survived by his wife, Hazel Aileen Davidson Farnsworth; his children, Allan L. (Carol), Shauna (Tim) Swainston, Lyn S. (Karin), Terry (Eric) Lyman, and Laura Akgiray, with 25 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren. His son, Kent Ronald Farnsworth, preceded him in death.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, October 24, 2019, at 10:00 a.m. at the Canyon Rim Ward Building, 1050 East Galena Drive, Sandy, Utah. A visitation will be held Wednesday, October 23, from 6–8 p.m., at Larkin Sunset Gardens, 1950 East Dimple Dell Road (10600 S.), Sandy, Utah. Interment will be in Sandy City Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please enjoy a day with your family at Utah’s Hogle Zoo, or contribute to the Mission Fund of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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  • We love you and your family. We have great memories of our days with all of you. Life is good and the future is bright.

    — Don and Nola SWENSON
  • I am sorry to learn of LaMar’s passing. He gave so much to our community and built our zoo to the wonderful place it is today. He leaves a deep contribution to all, including our zoo animals, thousands of children, and to all of us.

    May he rest with the sure conviction he made the world a better place.

    Ted Wilson
    Mayor of Salt Lake City 1976 – 1986

    — Ted Wilson
  • I’m going to miss our summer visits, dad. 😩😢

    — Phyllis Blackhorse

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