DONALD L. BARNES
Donald L. Barnes, 76, died at home surrounded by his loving wife and children on Tuesday, June 19,2012, after a lengthy illness.
Don was born on Feb. 1, 1936 in rural Oklahoma, the son of Coley and Edith Barnes. He was the oldest son of six children. He spent 4 years in the United States Marine Corps before attending the University of Oklahoma for a year. In 1959, he moved to Southern California, where he started a family with his wife Marge.
In 1979, Don and his family moved to Fallon, Nev., to experience a slower pace of life. He served as the maintenance supervisor for the Churchill County School District for 17 years. He enjoyed volunteering as a Little League baseball coach, working outside in his garden and raising domestic livestock. He remarried in 1993 to Jeanne Rando.
After his retirement, Don spent countless weekends with his wife at their second home in Lake Tahoe. He also enjoyed tending to his cactus garden (that featured a “Yellow Brick Road”) and cheering on the University of Oklahoma Sooners football team.
He is survived by his wife Jeanne; son and daughter-in-law, Steven and Michelle Barnes of Federal Way, Wash.; daughter Julie Hurd of Las Vegas, Nev.; sisters Virginia Melvin of Lubbock, Texas and Vicki Chesney of Taylor, Texas; three grandsons Troy, Trevor and Jake; and numerous nieces and nephews. Don was preceded in death by his brothers Corky, Karl and Dean.
Donations may be made in Don's memory to St. Patricks Building Fund 850 W. Fourth St or XL Hospice 570 Maine St.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 23 at 11:30 a.m. at The Gardens Funeral Home 2949 Austin Highway Fallon.
Arrangements are under the direction of The Gardens Funeral Home Crematory, Cemetery 2949 Austin Highway 89406 775 423-8928