While it is with great sorrow we face the loss of a beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and brother, it is with great joy he is welcomed home into the arms of loved ones in his Father’s house on March 22, 2015, at the age of 89.
Darrell Farran Worthen was born to Dora Bunnell Allred and Darrell Franklin Worthen in Spring City, Utah on August 20, 1925, and was raised in Panguitch, Utah. He is one of four children. Darrell married the love of his life, Ardenia Martin, for time and all eternity in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Temple in Salt Lake City, Utah on October 28, 1946.
They were blessed with three children, Sharon Manookin (Dave) of Salt Lake City, Utah; Debbie Spivey (Ken) of Chesterfield, Virginia; and Kevin Worthen (Liese) of Rochester, New York, who in turn have blessed them with 11 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his parents, sisters, Norreen Ball and Donnetta Cassidy, and is survived by his loving wife and family, and one brother, John Worthen (Jeanie) of Salt Lake City, Utah.
He was a United States Army veteran, having honorably served during World War II, was a master carpenter and craftsman owning his own cabinet making business, and retired as a building trades teacher with the Henrico County School system.
All who have come to know and love Darrell have in some way been blessed by his desire to minister, love, counsel and bring brightness and cheer to others. He has shared his commitment to the gospel and love for the Savior through his many years of service in the bishopric and as bishop of the former Colonial Heights Ward in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
One of the hardest workers you’ll meet, he enjoyed his association with the Colonial Heights American Legion Post #284, as a member and chairman of the Building and Grounds Committee, the Forty & Eight Voiture #1530, the VFW #2239, a twice past president of the Colonial Heights Senior Citizen Club, and chairman of the Colonial Heights Senior Citizen Advisory Committee.
- Funeral services will be held Friday, March 27, at noon, in the Swift Creek Ward Building, 501 Compton Road, Colonial Heights, Virginia.
- A visitation will be held Thursday, March 26, from 6-8 p.m. at the Colonial Heights Chapel of the E. Alvin Small Funeral Homes & Crematory, 2033 Boulevard, Colonial Heights, Virginia.
- A brief American Legion service will be held Thursday at 6 p.m. at the beginning of the visitation.
- Interment will follow at Southlawn Memorial Park, 1911 Birdsong Road, Petersburg, Virginia located in Prince George, Virginia.
A special thanks to Retreat Doctors Hospital (Hospice Unit) for their kind and loving care. Condolences may be registered at the E Alvin Small Funeral Home website.