Willard "Bill" Farnsworth Call

1942 ~ 2021

Willard (Bill) Farnsworth Call
February 7, 1942 - November 20, 2021

Bill Call was born in Salt Lake City on February 7, 1942 to Willard Vee and Melba Farnsworth Call. He was the 3rd child of seven, with 5 sisters and 1 brother.

As a child, Bill was raised in SLC, N. Ogden, and Pocatello Idaho. He graduated from Olympus High and then served in the National Guard. He also completed a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints to Southern California. He graduated from the University of Utah.

Bill was an avid golfer and a wicked racquetball player. In recent years, his favorite activity was the IPad where he’s enjoyed playing games, reading and learning random facts. He was always quick to share new and interesting information he learned or remembered. He was a reader throughout his life and enjoyed watching movies.

He was employed over the years by Arnold Machinery, Cate Construction and Ingersoll-Rand Machinery Company. He sold heavy mining, road and construction equipment and travelled throughout Utah and Nevada. In 1991, he moved his family to Tucson, Arizona and later to Mesa, where he worked exclusively with mines in Arizona and Mexico and also worked on perfecting his “Spanish”. He was successful in business because of his ability to relate to all those with whom he came into contact. He made people feel comfortable with his sense of humor, sarcasm and talent for cracking a joke.

Bill was always willing to listen and give advice. “Uncle Bill” was adored by his many nieces and nephews! He always maintained a rare and loving relationship with his siblings; Lois (Ray)Smith, Vivian (Neil)McCarthy), Mary (Norm)Davis, Evelyn (Doug) Anderson, Ginny (Larry) Christensen, and Ron (Pam) Call. He was happy for the time he had to spend with them over the past 18 months since he moved back to Draper, Utah.

Bill married Linda Winspear in Salt Lake City on June 23, 1969. They were married for 52 years and have 4 children. He always showed his love and expressed his pride for each of them and was very supportive of all of their activities and accomplishments. He spent many years coaching his sons’ soccer teams and teaching them to have fun! He was very protective of his daughters and everybody knew it! He was always quick with a compliment and to say I love you. He was thrilled with each new grandchild that came along and delighted in their antics.

Bill is survived by his wife, Linda; children, Carrie (Matt), Joel(Kris), Courtney (Justin), of Draper, Utah; Jonathan (Keli) of Gilbert, Arizona and Heidi Gibson, from a previous relationship. He was blessed with 17 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by his parents and oldest sister, Lois.

Private Family Services will be held on a future date.


So sorry to hear about Bill. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family

- Jane Anderson

So sorry to hear about Bill. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family

- Jane Anderson

Dear Call Family,
I am so sorry to hear of Bill's passing. You have all been a second family for me. This is a difficult loss. What a guy! Such a shock. May the Lord be with you all as you come to accept not having him with you now in the here and now. I pray the Lord's blessings will be with Linda and Mary, my dear and best lifelong friend, and all the rest of you. I am happy that Bill and Linda have been close by these last eighteen months and that we had the time we did together. Special prayers for his children and grandchildren. The photographs showed what a beautiful family he has. Love to all! Thankful to have known him... what a character!

- Karen Bentley