Gary Farnsworth passed away on July 12, 2021 in Minot, North Dakota. He was born William Weeks on January 20, 1947 in Poplar, Montana to Lillian DeLong Weeks and William Weeks, Jr. He was adopted by Vernon Farnsworth and Helen Kissell Farnsworth. They raised him in Fort Peck, Montana. Gary was proud of being from Fort Peck and carried this pride with him through life.
Vernon and Helen raised Gary to be an enthusiastic outdoors man and the untamed area of Valley County contributed to his lifelong love of hunting, fishing and camping. Gary attended both Nashua and Glasgow High School, graduating from Glasgow High School in 1965 where he had excelled as an multi-sport letterman in football, basketball, and track, which earned him a football scholarship to Eastern Montana College in Billings, Montana.
In Billings he met Mary Paulbeck whom he married in 1967 and had two children, Kari Farnsworth (Vasileios Konstantineas) of Williston, North Dakota and Kris Farnsworth (Clinton Winter) of Phoenix, Arizona.
Gary joined the United States Marine Corps then the United States Air Force serving 20 years and retiring in January, 1987. His 20 years included serving overseas for five years and he was a proud veteran of the Vietnam War.
He married Susan Cobb Farnsworth in 1978. He helped raise Susan’s daughter, Stacy (Anthony) Emery, of Anderson, Indiania. Gary and Susan had one child, Richard (Meagan) Farnsworth, of Billings, Montana.
Gary was a dedicated adult volunteer for the Boy Scouts of America and a member of the Masons and Shriners. He served in many roles and assisted many young men achieve the rank of Eagle Scout including his sons. He believed in the program and continued to assist after his children were grown.
Gary is survived by his four children, 10 grandchildren, 8 siblings, and numerous Scouts.