Burton Papa Burt Barnett(1928 - 2013)

Burton "Papa Burt" Barnett April 6, 1928 - August 1, 2013 Burt Barnett was born in Los Angeles, California on April 6, 1928, later moving to Las Vegas, Nevada, where he graduated from Las Vegas High School. He enlisted in the Navy while still in high school, eager to serve the country he loved, and was inducted in 1946. He served for almost three years, attended University of Nevada, Reno for two years, and then re-enlisted during the Korean War. He met the great love of his life, Nancy Ralph, after being urged by his parents to stop in Bakersfield to see the daughter of an old family friend. He proposed on their first official date. He and Nancy just celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on July 12th. Burt retired after 22 years with the County of Kern, having served his community in various positions, first with the Fire Department, and finally as a Deputy Coroner, Property Control Officer. He was a 32nd degree Mason, a Member of the Scottish Rite, the Shrine Club and the International Order of Footprinters. He was a member of Church of Christ, Scientist and served in many capacities, including that of First Reader, which was a lay minister. Our Dad had a deep faith. He read a bible lesson daily and applied his Christian beliefs every day, in all that he did. He was humble, kind, incredibly forgiving and accepting of people as they were, regardless of their position in life or any personal failings. Dad had a truly rare ability to make everyone around him feel important and better about themselves. If you were in a room with him, chances were pretty good that he would know your personal story, including what you did for a living, how many children you had, etc. He would remember the smallest details and repeat them all to us! Dad radiated love. He loved his wife, his family, his friends, his neighbors, animals (especially horses and dogs), the ocean, his country and God. Material things never mattered much to him. He loved his grandchildren and spent countless hours laughing and playing with them, as he did with us. He also had a great sense of humor. He loved a good joke - or a bad one - and had a very quick wit, even in his last days. Dad taught us all, by example, the meaning of grace, honor, duty, compassion and selflessness. Even in his last days, he remained concerned about all those around him and never complained about his own condition. He was our North Star and we will continue to look to him to navigate through life. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Nancy; brother Ron; son Brad (Cathy) and his children Nicole and Alexander; daughter Karen Boos (Matthew) and her children Lauren and Jeffrey (Austin); and son Scott (Jennifer) and his children Travis and Ryan. We would like to thank all the wonderful people who helped make Dad comfortable in the end: Kalpna, Gillian, Carmen, Lauren, Bea and many others. Your compassion and care will never be forgotten. At our Dad's request, no service will be held. He never liked people to fuss over him. He will be interred at the National Cemetery in Arvin. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Dad's name may be made to The Wounded Heroes Fund, 3121 Standard Street, Bakersfield, CA 93308 or http://thewoundedheroesfund.org/. "Fair winds and following Seas" www.bakersfield.com/obits

Published in Bakersfield Californian from Aug. 4 to Aug. 6, 2013