John L. Worthington died of a heart attack July 16, 2002, at his ranch in Carr. Services were held July 19, 2002, in the Harmony Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Dr. Larry Kunter officiating. Interment was in the Grandview Cemetery in Fort Collins.
John was born June 12, 1931, in Fort Collins to Gladys Ruth Morsman and Robert Paul Worthington.
He graduated from Fort Collins High School in 1949 and received his bachelor of science degree in animal science in 1953 from Colorado A&M, where he was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon.
He married Jacqueline B. Holderness May 31, 1952, before entering the Air Force to train as a pilot. To this union were born three sons: John D., Sherman J. and Jack C. Worthington.
The Worthingtons had a feeder ranch in Fort Collins from 1956 to 1974 before moving to a ranch near Maybell. He sold his Maybell ranch in 1990 and bought his present ranch near Carr.
John was very active helping youth in 4-H programs and was a livestock judge for many county fairs. He was a member and held office in many agriculture related organizations, some of which were: Colorado Farm Bureau, Soil Conservation Service, Moffat County Cattlemen and Extension Advisory Council, Colorado Cattlemen's Association, Larimer County Stock Growers Association and served on the Larimer County's LESA Committee and Master Plan Committee, Soapstone Grazing Association, the CSU Extension's RREA Advisory Council and their IRM program. The Fort Collins Rotary Club selected him as the 1970 Master Agriculturalist.
Survivors include his wife, Jackie Worthington of Carr; son Sherman J. Worthington, his wife, Marilyn, and two granddaughters, Natalie and Cary, and a grandson, Matthew; son Jack C. Worthington D.V.M., all of Fort Collins; and a brother, Robert M. Worthington of Niceville, Fla.
He was preceded in death by his parents and son John D. Worthington.
Memorial contributions may be made to local 4-H or the Larimer County 4-H Foundation in care of Allnutt Funeral Service, 650 W. Drake Road, Fort Collins, CO 80526.