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Michael Barrett Obituary

Barrett, Michael C. Preeminent Dallas attorney, businessman and philanthropist, passed away peacefully at home Sunday, January 11, 2009. Greatly respected and admired by his peers, Michael was a man of remarkable generosity who achieved excellence in everything he undertook while inspiring and challenging others to excel. Born in Salt Lake City, Utah, and raised in Sherman, Texas, Michael was the son of stockbroker Harry V. Barrett Jr. and high school English teacher Cloriene Slaughter Barrett. His parents engendered a love of literature that accompanied Michael his entire life. He graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington and Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law. A world-class collector of military memorabilia, custom car enthusiast and big game hunter, Michael is credited with several Safari Club International world records, including a January 2009 award for the No. 2 elk in the world. Recognized as a pioneer and leader in the mortgage banking industry,Michael founded and served as chairman of the nation's leading mortgage banking law firm, Texas-based Barrett Daffin Frappier Turner & Engel, LLP, as well as National Default Exchange LP where he serviced as Chairman Emeritus. A member of the Executive Advisory Board of Frost Bank Group, Michael also served on the Executive Board of the Dedman School of Law at Southern Methodist University, where he established the Jean Kyle Jury Award. Michael was admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the United States Courts of Appeal for the Fifth and Eleventh Circuits, and the Supreme Courts of Texas and Colorado, as well as every federal district court in Texas. He was a Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation, American College of Mortgage Attorneys, and State Bar of Texas. Michael was one of the rare attorneys to be Board Certified in Civil Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, and he also served as a frequent advisor on mortgage banking issues for the Texas Supreme Court and Texas Legislature. His passionate support for many charitable and public service organizations included work with Hope's Door, KickStart and Dallas Junior Forum. An avid supporter of veterans causes and the Addison Police Department, Michael also founded BDF Homeworks Foundation to provide key financial support to many local charities. He is survived by his loving wife and best friend Jacqueline M. Barrett, son Paul A. Barrett, sister Suzanne Glidden and her husband Charles Glidden, D.D.S., nieces Jennifer Glidden and Catherine Zhu, nephew Brian Glidden, aunts Joanne Slaughter and Kay Barrett, numerous cousins, and...many, many friends. If a man's life is measured by those who love him, then Michael's was full and complete indeed. Visitation will be held Wednesday, Jan 14th at Sparkman Hillcrest from 6-8 p.m., Memorial Service will be held Thursday, Jan 15th at 1:00 p.m. at Highland Park Presbyterian Church, 3821 University, Dallas, Texas 75205. In lieu of flowers, remem-brances may be made to BDF Homeworks Foundation at 15000 Surveyor Blvd., Addison, TX 75001
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Published in the Dallas Morning News on 1/13/2009