Pete Barinaga Jr.
January 15, 1926 - July 13, 2014
Pete Barinaga Jr, age 88, passed away on July 13, 2014, in Boise, surrounded by family and friends. Pete was born January 15, 1926, in Battle Mountain, Nevada, to Pete Sr. and Elvira Barinaga. In his early years he moved with his parents to different sheep ranches. Pete started school in Northern Nevada at the Saval Ranch, riding 3 ½ miles on horseback to school with a school mate. Pete attended 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade in Tindall, near Grassmere, Idaho, where Pete Sr. was a trapper for Bruneau Sheep Company. 5th grade was in Hunter, 10 miles west of Elko. The following spring, his parents bought a ranch at the base of the Ruby Mountains at Lee, Nevada. While living there, Pete completed 6th, 7th, and 8th grade at the Kleckner School right on the ranch because his parents provided the teacher room and board and agreed to board another student to give them the required 5 students. After the 8th grade, Pete worked with his parents on the ranch and helping the neighbors.
When Pete was 18, there was a shortage of people to work in the sheep business so he worked 10 years trailing from the Jarbridge, Nevada mountains, 300 miles to Duck Water winter sheep range and back. Pete served in the Army from Sept 1950 to Aug 1952, during the Korean War, with honorable discharge at rank of Sergeant. Following discharge Pete worked in the sheep industry, ending with Wood Creek in Grandview, Idaho. He began working in logging June of 1956 and was injured in August 1956 near Sage Hen Reservoir, close to Ola, Idaho. The injury resulted in Pete being paraplegic the rest of his life. Pete then worked on motors and other equipment and could fix just about anything. He held a patent on a fence clip tool. Pete never married.
Pete was preceded in death by his parents, Pete Sr. and Elvira Barinaga. He is survived by his sister Angie Viscarret of Boise, brother Albert Barinaga (Pat) of Grandview, Rosie Oxarango of Boise, Aunt and Uncle Beatrice and Jim Ornelas of Gardnerville, Nevada, and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Pete was always thankful to his parents, sisters, and brother for their love and care of him over his lifetime. He also gave thanks to the many doctors, nurses, hospitals and other caregivers over many years, most recently Touchmark and Every Day Angels Home Health Care (Lupe, Debbie, Christy, Linda, Jenna, Christine and others). Pete was deeply grateful for the support and friendship over the many years from friends and family. In his words "Agur Danori" (Goodbye Everyone).
At Pete's request, there will be no service. He will be cremated and his ashes will be spread over the mountains that he loved so much.
Alden-Waggoner Funeral Chapel
5400 Fairview Avenue Boise, ID 83706
Published in Idaho Statesman on July 20, 2014