Bill "Doc", passed away peacefully on Monday, March 3rd at home with his five sons and their spouses present. He is dancing in the arms of the love of his life, his beloved wife Arleen. He is catching up on buck hunting stories with his cherished father, Arthur, who he hasn't seen in 72 years, and enjoying a morning cup of coffee with his dear mother, Zeila. Bill was born and raised in San Rafael, California. He was the son of the late Arthur and Zeila Barr and the adoring brother of the late Agnes Barr Davis. He loved his home town and was very proud that the Barr family has lived in Marin for over 150 years. Bill attended the West End Grammar School and then graduated from San Rafael High in 1943. He had an incredible group of pals that he stayed close to for his entire life. Upon graduation from high school he joined the Navy and attended college at the University of Pacific in Stockton where he received his undergraduate degree. He then joined the Army and received his graduate degree from the University of California, Parnassus School of Dentistry in San Francisco. He was shipped overseas, with the 14th Combat Engineering Battalion, to join the Korean War. As a captain in the Army he was in a field hospital on the front lines of active fighting. After Korea he came home to San Rafael and started his career as a dentist in the same office that his father and uncle had practiced in years before. After several years of dancing at Lena's, water-skiing in Clear Lake an-d trips to Las Vegas with his pals he met the woman that would sweep him off his feet, Arleen Bemiss. They married February 12, 1956 and together they had five sons, Kevin (Linda), Bobby (Mary Ann), Jeffrey (Bill), Billy (Amy), and Tommy (Jennie). He is survived by numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren. Bill was an avid hunter and outdoors man, following in the footsteps of his father. He so enjoyed hunting in the hills of Lucas Valley on the Grady Ranch and duck hunting in the Suisun Marsh, especially with his boys. Since 1963 he hiked the hills of his Barr 7 Ranch in Yorkville where he was so proud to see his children, grandchildren, and many of their friends enjoy the outdoors as he did. Bill was a 49er season ticket holder at Kezar Stadium where he watched many a game with Arleen and of course he loved those Giants! Upon retirement from dentistry in 1982, Bill and Arleen moved to the family sheep ranch in Mendocino County. Bill enjoyed raising sheep, chasing coyotes and taking his evening hikes with the trusted Mauser resting on his shoulder. In his spare time he worked for Kevin as an irrigator for Redwood Empire Vineyard Management. After Arleen was stricken with a stroke, Bill showed unbelievable courage and love as he cared for her. As a dedicated husband, Bill took Arleen daily to Healdsburg where they got their morning tea and strolled the downtown. He spent the last ten years of his life living in Healdsburg.A sincere thank you to Doc's wonderful caregivers, Rosalba Ruano and Favi Ortiz for their incredible efforts and display of love.To all who knew and loved him please celebrate with a toast to this wonderful man. A celebration of his life will be held Saturday, March 15th, at noon at Deer Park Villa restaurant in Fairfax. Memorial contributions in his memory may be made to Sutter Care at Home- Hospice, 110 Stony Point Rd, #200C, Santa Rosa, CA 95401 or to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, 501 St Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105. Arrangements under the direction of ADOBE CREEK FUNERAL HOME, 331 Lakeville Street, Petaluma, CA. Online condolences at www. adobecreekfuneralhome.com
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Published Online in the Press Democrat from Mar. 7 to Mar. 14, 2014