of Fullerton, California passed away November 30, 2012 at home. He was born October 30, 1922 in Machias, Maine, the third of 3 children of Colon and Francis (Foss) Farnsworth. Along with his brother Murland and sister Barbara, Phil grew up in a time and place where Christmas toys were whittled and walking was how one got around. He graduated from Machias Memorial High School in 1940, played baseball and excelled in basketball, joining the Machias town team after graduation.
Phil enlisted in the Army Air Force and in 1943 began flying missions in B-24's. He and the crew flew 34 missions together. Despite one crash landing and having to bail-out two times, once over enemy territory, getting back to safety through the French Underground, the crew that started together, finished together. Phil was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and Air Metal with four Oak Leaf Clusters.
In late 1957 Phil and his first wife Alice (Kelley) packed all their belongings into the new station wagon and along with three young kids, the Christmas tree tied on top, they left Maine and headed to California for the promise of steady work!
Phil's profession was auto body repair, working many years with Russ Ward Auto Body, Anaheim and as an instructor of the art at Cypress College. His passion was his family. He worked hard helping raise five children who today are successful people in their own right. For years Phil was a Little League coach and very involved in the Boy Scouts. He was honored with the Golden Bear, an award given in California to adult Scout leaders who have made a positive impact on youth by service given through the Boy Scouts. He was a member of West Anaheim Methodist Church.
Phil married Yvette (Desjardins) in 1992. He adored Yvette until the end. Moving close to downtown Fullerton they enjoyed dancing and the company of many, many dear friends. Phil was a good story teller and always had an audience. The family is grateful that his downtown friends threw him a 90th birthday party on October 27, 2012 that was attended by 101 close friends and family!
Phil is survived by his wife, Yvette; his sister, Barbara Bell of Winslow, ME; one daughter, Pamela Swails and companion, Jimmy Williams of Cape Coral, FL and four sons, David and his wife Susan of Bristol, FL; Dana and his wife Betty of Anaheim Hills; Peter and his wife Leesa of Troy, ME and Kelley and companion Donna Alvarado of Anaheim; one grandson, Phillip and two granddaughters, Madison and Alice.
A military funeral will be held at Riverside National Cemetery, 22495 Van Buren Blvd., Riverside, California at 12:30 p.m. on December 10, 2012.
Published in Orange County Register on December 5, 2012