Albert Lovell Ellsworth was born July 6, 1938 in Plano, Idaho to Robert Ellsworth and Laura Adele Perrenoud. He passed away on October 9, 2020, in Phoenix, Arizona. He married Sandra Pauline Bennett in the Los Angeles Temple on September 9, 1964. Together they had seven children: Julie (Roger Harrison), Jeff (Jean), Kathy (Dave Johnson), Craig (Jennifer), Rob (Jenn), Jon (Shaunae), and Kami (Erik Spoelstra), followed by 31 grandchildren, and 5 great-grandchildren (soon to be 9).
Bert graduated from the University of Idaho with a B.S. in Civil Engineering. He worked 40 years for the State of California in the Department of Public Health, Bureau of Sanitary Engineering. His career began in Los Angeles, before transferring to Santa Barbara where the family spent 16 wonderful years. It was difficult to leave when he was transferred to Sacramento in 1979. He moved the family to Fair Oaks where they spent 22 memorable years. Throughout their lives, he and Sandy have been blessed with the choicest friends anyone could ever hope for.
Bert was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in various capacities including bishoprics, High Councils, Young Men's president and 20 consecutive years in Scouting. He and Sandy had the opportunity to work with the BYU Travel Study Program at Nauvoo, the Utah State University travel study in Palmyra, and three times at Southern Virginia University. From 2012-2014, Bert and Sandy served in the Omaha Nebraska Mission at Winter Quarters. Church service was a significant part of his life.
Bert led a full and happy life. His hobbies included gardening, hunting, and motorcycling. He was always a hard worker and could often be found working on home or yard improvement projects, either for himself or for his children, friends, or neighbors. In later years, he and Sandy became "professional" travelers, visiting many parts of the globe. Newport Beach was the favorite destination followed closely by Phoenix, where he was vacationing when he received his call home to heaven.
As the patriarch of such a large family, Bert was quick to pull his loved ones aside to have one-on-one teaching moments, sharing a nugget of wisdom or a meaningful observation. He was soft spoken, never angry, free with compliments, and ever expressing gratitude. He saw the best in everyone, made sure all felt included and unconditionally accepted, and sought for ways to fill the needs of those around him.
On earth he had a love for family history and will be greeted by many family members in heaven that he will recognize through his work. He will be a great asset in the armies in heaven, accomplishing much in furthering God's work.
Funeral services will be held Monday, October 19, 2020 at 11:00 am on, at the Mt. Mahogany Stake Center, 1548 North 900 West in Pleasant Grove. Due to current health conditions, the funeral service will be limited to family. Interment will be in the Pleasant Grove cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.olpinmortuary.com
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Missionary Fund of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
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