Richard Barnes

Richard "Dick" Barnes

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Richard Bennett Barnes, 94, died at home in Orem, Utah, on July 24, 2020, surrounded by his family. Born May 16, 1926, in Salt Lake City, Utah, the first child of Richard Leigh and Harriet Fitt Barnes, his family moved in 1929 to Los Angeles, California, where Dick was raised. He developed life-long friendships in Los Angeles.

At age 17, Dick enlisted in the U.S. Navy to participate in World War II. He was sent to the University of Kansas to be trained as an electrician. While serving in the Pacific Theater on a Navy destroyer, he survived both a typhoon and the sinking of his ship at Okinawa.

After WWII, Dick attended a trade school. He was then called as a missionary to the Northwestern States Mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, serving in both Montana and Oregon.

Dick married Donna Joan Miner on April 15, 1950, in the St. George Utah Temple. They made their home in Whittier, California. While in California, Dick served in the bishoprics of two of the wards in which they lived.

Dick and Donna moved to Star Valley, Wyoming, in 1973, where Dick worked with his brother as a contractor. They moved to Utah in 1980, living in South Jordan, Orem, St. George, and finally settling in Orem. Dick served as a temple worker while living in both South Jordan and Orem.

After retiring, Dick served with his wife as a missionary in the Washington Tacoma Mission. Dick loved to build and remodel. He helped build homes for his children, and three homes for himself and Donna.

Dick is preceded in death by his parents, his brother Don, and four great-grandchildren. He is survived by his wife Donna, four children (Kenneth, Charlene, Robert, and Gordon), 14 grandchildren and 34 great-grandchildren.

Interment in Orem City Cemetery, 1520 North 800 East, Orem, UtaH Military Honors by American Legion Post 72
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    Sunset Heights 8th Ward
    500 South 600 West
    Orem, Utah 84058
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    Sunset Heights 8th Ward
    500 South 600 West
    Orem, Utah 84058
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Current COVID guidelines observed
    BP Aaron Lancaster


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Bruce Hall

Posted at 03:05pm
Dick, you were a great friend and neighbor. You were always willing to provide help when I (and others) needed it. Thank you for helping me wire my basement and figure out why I didn't have any electricity one cold wintry night! I never thought of you as being "old." Your mind and sense of humor always made you fun to be around. You will be greatly missed! I wish I could attend the funeral and tell everyone what a great guy you are. Until we meet again! Bruce

Rory Howard

Posted at 12:07pm
I still remember the first time I met Dick and Donna. About 10 years ago as our new home was being built, I would frequently visit it to check on the construction progress and to clean. One day as I was sweeping in the basement I heard some people talking upstairs. I went up the stairs and into the soon-to-be kitchen to find Donna standing there and Dick pulling himself up a 3.5 foot step and crawling in. Dick and Donna introduced themselves as my new neighbors and said the just wanted to take a look at my new home as Dick had been in the business years ago. I told him how impressed I was that they made it into my kitchen as there weren't any steps to get up the large elevation increase and that my own father who was much younger still hadn't come to see my new home because of that incline. We all had a good laugh. Later Dick became one of my faithful ministers and I always enjoyed having him come over for a visit and having him share some of his wisdom and produce from his garden. We love and miss you! Love your neighbors, Rory Howard and Family

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