In 1990, he was honored by the Soil and Water Conservation District as "forester of the year," for his stewardship and management practices on his mixed hardwood tree near Hamilton, his dedication to forestry and many years of cooperation with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. He served as a member of the Board of Directors for Great American Supermarket and the N.Y.S.& W. railroad.
Frank was a 50+ year member of the Masonic lodge in Hamilton and had sat in lodge in Brandon as recently as January 2010.
He was a member of St. Thomas and Grace Episcopal Church in Brandon at the time of his death.
Farnsworth is survived by his children, Frank of Brandon, Vermont, Ruth Eldridge of Clay Springs, Arizona, and John of Bonita Springs, Florida; his stepchildren, John Martire of Hopkinton, Massachusets. Amy Martire of Worcester, Massachusets, and Beth Cutter of Ithaca, New York; and nine grandchildren. He was predeceased by his first wife, Ruth Coburn, his second wife, Elizabeth "Libby" Martire, and daughter, Nancy.
At Farnsworth's request, there will be no formal services. He donated his body to the Dartmouth Medical School and, when his final teaching assignment is completed, family and friends will take him to join both Ruth and Libby who await him on Mount Chocorua in his beloved White Mountains of New Hampshire.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in his name may be made to the Ruth Coburn Farnsworth Scholarship Fund through the Stewardship Office at Colgate, or to a worthy cause or charity of choice.