Claude Gerald Farnsworth (09/22/1936 - 02/16/2011)

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Obituary

FARNSWORTH, Claude Gerald "Jerry"
(Age 74)

On February 16th 2011, Claude Gerald "Jerry" Farnsworth took a journey to one of the few places he had not yet visited. Heaven will welcome him with open arms.

Jerry was born on September 22nd 1936 at his home in Springdale, WA to Claude and Marjorie Farnsworth. He grew up on the family farm in Valley, WA.

Jerry was a loving father, son, brother, and a cherished friend of many. He always had a unique ability to not only make friends easily but also sustain these friendships over countless years.

He will truly be missed by all who had the pleasure of having him in their lives.

Jerry was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and a retired Lieutenant of the City of Spokane Fire Department, where he was affectionately known as "the Fonz".

He enjoyed many activities such as boating, motorcycle riding, jogging, skiing, snowmobiling and showing off his fabulous garden which he put much time and effort into each summer.

After receiving a heart transplant in 1992, Jerry became the poster child for healthy heart transplant patients. Even in the end his heart beat strong. He seized his opportunity with his second lease on life and became an enthusiastic traveler, hitting all seven continents (yes even Antarctica).

He floated down and swam in the Amazon River despite worries of his low immune system and the many dangers of a jungle environment.

He rented RV's and traveled abroad in many foreign countries along with having many adventures here in North America. (I mean who else drives their motor home to Panama)?

He even put away his ski's and learned how to snowboard in his 60's and loved to go boarding with his grandchildren.

Many summers were spent enjoying family and friends at his home on the Pend Oreille River. In the past few years he chose to become a winter resident of Yuma, AZ.

We will all miss his contagious smile, the twinkle in his eyes and his quiet chuckle.

Dad you will always be a piece of each of us and we will never forget you. We love you!!!

Jerry is survived by his ladylove and companion for ten years, Kay Bachman; his sister, Donna (Larry) Blough - Glendale, AZ; his 6 children and 14 grandchildren. Karen (Felix), Lopaka and Kamalani Aetonu, - Kapolei, HI; Jerri (Doug) Logan, Lacee, Harmonee, Hazen Miller - Colbert, WA; Gary (Debby) Megan Farnsworth - Vista, CA; Steve (Mary) Ashley and Skyler Farnsworth - Spokane, WA; Kelley (Ron) Cody, Cassidy, Catrina Olson - Colbert, WA; Michael (Diana), Derek and Nichole Farnsworth - Spokane, WA.

A memorial service will be held on Friday March 11 at 2:00 PM at
New Creations Church - 1515 East Farwell Rd. Spokane, WA 99208

Published in Spokesman-Review from Mar. 6 to Mar. 7, 2011
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