Reno Norpheo Barbisan passed away peacefully from age-related causes Monday, March 17, 2014, at Fairwinds Assisted Living in Idaho Falls.
He was born to Julia and Antonio Barbisan in New Waterford, Nova Scotia. Reno left New Waterford in 1946.
He signed with the New York Giants organization to play professional baseball in the U.S. Baseball took him to Idaho Falls as a pitcher for the Russets, where he met his wife, Beth Rees. They were married in Chicago on Oct. 5, 1951.
Reno and Beth raised five children in Idaho Falls, where he ran a construction business. Many family weekends were spent at their cabin in Island Park, where Reno enjoyed fishing. Reno also spent several years as part owner and board member for the Flying B Ranch.
Beth and Reno moved to Star Valley Ranch, Wyo., in 1984. They also kept a home in Scottsdale, Ariz., where they enjoyed the best of both -- beautiful summers in Wyoming and warm winters in Arizona -- which also allowed Reno time to watch spring training in Scottsdale, which he enjoyed very much.
Reno was a husband, a father, a grandfather and great-grandfather who enjoyed endless hours of baseball, trudging through (sometimes involving a little bit of trespassing) grasslands to find the best fishing hole and watching after his little dog, Bobby.
His beautiful homes always brought out the natural beauty of their surroundings. He loved watching and being in nature and had a knack for gardening. Wherever Reno and Beth lived, there were beautiful plants and flowers they enjoyed taking care of.
Reno is survived by his children, Vince Barbisan of Thayne, Wyo., David (Susan) Barbisan of Bozeman, Mont., Rina (Todd) Hanson of Alvarado, Minn., Toni (Michael) Overton of Walterville, Ore., and Jill (Richard) Pampe' of Jackson, Wyo.; grandchildren, Lorenza Scriver, Dominic Barbisan, Nolan, Lee Maren and Quinn Barbisan, Lucretia Johnston, Reno Watson, Orrin Hanson, Ben and Tara Overton, and Nicholas and Cole Pampe; eight great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; sisters, Adoa and Sandy of Italy and Rina of Canada; and many nieces, nephews and loving friends.
Reno was preceded in death by his wife, Beth; his sister, Elda; and his parents.
Reno will be dearly missed by all who loved him.
Private services will be held this summer, when Reno and Beth were happiest and where the best memories were made, in the mountains with loved ones around.