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Douglas Otto Barnett


1922 - 2014 | Obituary Condolences Gallery
Douglas Otto Barnett Obituary
Barnett, Douglas Otto (GOV) 09/01/1922 ~ 04/16/2014 LA JOLLA -- A proud marine of the Greatest Generation. Survivor of five campaigns in the So. Pacific, including 36 days on Iwo Jima and occupation Japan. Born in Knoxville, Iowa to John and Sarah Barnett, the second youngest of nine boys and one girl. He attended a one-room school through 8th grade, then went to work in the family coal mine. In Word War II, Doug and brother Bob enlisted in the Marines and served together throughout the war. After a few winters back in Iowa, San Diego beckoned Doug's family west. Completing his education in San Diego while working full time to support his family at General Dynamics Electronics division and Convair, he was described as a "legend" in the industry and mentored many others. Doug enjoyed projects and could build and fix anything until macular degeneration took his vision. He made sure his travel schedule included the 4th of July Barnett reunion in Iowa and the Thanksgiving Barnett reunion in Utah. He loved hunting, finding and cooking Morel mushrooms in Iowa with family, and all the activities in the infamous "Barnett Barn". Family was everything to Doug; his book "Freedom and Family" was the story of childhood during the depression with few material things but lots of love and fun, as well as his battle experiences and adult life. Selected by the DOD to represent all So. California World War II vets at the 60th anniversary of the end of the war, Doug had a famous line in his speech " I'm often asked what wave I went in on at IWO- I don't know what wave it was, but there wasn't anyone in front of me". Preceded in death by parents, wife Jean, son Kirk, brothers John, Kendall, Byron, Babe, Tom, Myrl, sister Betts (Scott). Survived by son Douglas W. (Lisa), grandsons Douglas W., Justin (Kylene), brothers Bob and Jerry (Lucy), many nephews and nieces, his special four legged girl Linda and longtime companion Pat Gerko. Doug was a Mason/ Shriner in Iowa, life member of the Marine Corps League and of the VFW, and a faithful docent of the Mt. Soledad Memorial Association. His always present red hat, his many friends, his love for bourbon and sunny San Diego all point to a life well lived. Semper Fi, Marine! Visitation 4 to 8pm Monday April 21, 2014. Service 12:00pm with graveside following Tuesday April 22, 2014, both El Camino Memorial Sorrento Valley Chapel, 5600 Carroll Canyon Rd. SD.In lieu of flowers, a donation to Wounded Warriers is suggested.
Published in U-T San Diego on Apr. 20, 2014
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