Obituary: Colonel Lawrence Beach Farnum |

Obituary: Colonel Lawrence Beach Farnum

Col. Lawrence

Beach Farnum

JAN. 10, 1921 – NOV. 8, 2014

Larry Farnum was born in Ashley, Michigan, to Russell and Ila Farnum. He received his BS degree from Michigan College of Mining and Technology in 1941 and was employed as a mining engineer by M.A. Hanna until World War II started. Larry joined the Army Air CorpS and became a second lieutenant in 1942. Larry continued a distinguished military career and received the Silver Star, at least two Legion of Merits and a Bronze Star for his outstanding service and bravery; he retired from the Army as a full colonel stationed at Fort Huachuca, Arizona, in 1968. Larry continued his mining career as the general manager of the Sarcheshmeh Copper Mine in south-central Iran and worked as an engineer in Colorado. Larry spent most of his retirement years living in Summit County, Colorado, and Tucson, Arizona, skiing and volunteering. He and his wife, Jeanne, were Ambassadors for Copper Mountain for several years and received many outstanding citizen awards. Larry received his Eagle Scout, the Silver Beaver award, and served as president of the Catalina Boy Scout Council in southern Arizona. Larry is a Paul Harris fellow in Rotary and earned the Cliff Docherman award. He also enjoyed singing in the church choir and playing bridge. Larry and Jeanne Seaman Farnum celebrated 68 years of marriage last January. Larry is survived by Jeanne, six children, 13 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, donate to the Boy Scouts of America or Carondelet Hospice. Visit his memorial website at

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