Larry Lee Barnett, born July 7, 1939 to Lawrence Lacey and Mary Catherine (Kabrick) Barnett in Kansas City, Missouri, died October 14, 2022 in St. George, Utah at the age of 83, leaving behind a sad, but loving family.
Larry was raised in Independence, MO and relocated to Canoga Park, CA where he attended Canoga Park High School. While in high school, he met the girl who would end up being the love of his life but failed to act on it as the timing wasn’t quite right. His football/track prowess saw him attending USC and Pierce College before ultimately surfing (literally) his way through the University of Hawaii where he got a degree in Business Management. He married his first wife in Hawaii and had two of his three daughters there. After graduating, the family relocated back to the San Fernando Valley in Southern California where they had another daughter. The marriage eventually ended, giving him a second chance at rekindling the relationship with the love of his life. He happily married Cheryl Rogers in 1981.
After the blissful union, they drove their motorhome from Western festival to Western festival giving rise to his hobby of Mountain Man muzzle loading and attending rendezvous, where he won an impressive number of awards. Having lost his father in a B17 accident in WWII, he had a fascination with military aviation. His last and final hobby (obsession) was his 1948 Ford Convertible. He thoroughly enjoyed toiling over every detail of his Little Yellow Peril while communing with the friends he made in his car group! Coffee and Cars, leisurely rides around southern Utah and meet-ups at various restaurants, all while dragging his understanding and tolerant wife along with him.
Larry was preceded in death by his parents, Lawrence and Mary, his much-loved stepfather C.W. Newhouse, his sister Debra Johnson and his stepson Mark Rose. He is survived by: his wife of 41 years, Cheryl; brother Bill Newhouse, his three daughters Kimber, Kerry and Katherine, grandchildren Marlene, Jack, Luke, Elena and Emily, great grandchildren Masyn, Owen and Shayne: his stepchildren, Lisa Theophilus, Brian Rose and Kim Comer; and their 13 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren.
At his request, no services are planned. A “traditional” Irish wake, Celebration of Life, will be held at a later date to celebrate the unique character that was Larry Barnett! He will be and is greatly missed by all who knew him. Those that he encountered along his life’s path all agree that he was fit to cross the river with!