Byron Earl (Barry) FISHER

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  • "... where to begin? Barry Fisher; Big Guy. Huge of heart..."
    - Bernie Conley
  • "I have such fond memories of Mr. Fisher. As a student..."
    - Diane Pedrotti
  • "So Sorry such a nice man and always smiling. Enjoyed seeing..."
  • "Dearest Sylvia and family, In loving memory of truly a..."
    - Nanci and Don Streutker
  • "Such a strong man with a sweet spirit. Barry, an awesome..."
    - Jill Simmons
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Born to Lynnie Mae and Lewis Fisher in Burley Idaho, Sept 30th, 1932, died peacefully at home, December 12, at the age of 81. Raised in Burly, Idaho, the fifth of six children, Barry moved to Califonia at the age of 17, where it was hoped the California ocean air would improve his father's heart. Though his dad's heart did not benefit, Barry's heart did. In his first month at Analy High School, a pretty young woman, Sylvia Henningsen, noticed that Idaho boy, and a romance began that lasted over 65 years. After graduating from Analy High School in 1950, Barry earned his AA degree from SRJC, while serving on the Air Force Reserve at Hamilton Field. He joined the US Navy in1952, where he trained as a pilot for the Korean War. He returned home to marry Sylvia, in 1954. Barry and Sylvia put each other through college, and in 1957, he received his BA from San Francisco State, and his MA in School Administration in 1960. Barry taught at Santa Rosa City Schools for seven years, and served as an elementary school principal for an additional 28 years. During those years, Barry and Sylvia raised two children in the home they built west of Sebastopol. They shared their love of the outdoors, and spent their free time camping, fishing, back-packing, hunting, diving, horseback riding, gardening and river rafting. Whenever he could, Barry loaded the family in the camper, always seeking out bumpy, unpaved back-roads in search of adventure. Over his long and vibrant life, Barry gave time, energy and passion to serve on the SRJC Ag Foundation, the SRJC Citizens Bond Over-Site Committee, and the Gold Ridge Soil Conservation Board Barry loved saddling up with the Sonoma County Trail Blazers, the Reno Sierra Riders, and the Santa Rosa Wednesday Riders, and enjoyed decades of trail riding with his cowboy friends. Barry lived fully and well, right through his last day. He returned from his yearly October Idaho elk/deer hunting adventure with son, Scott, with fresh venison and began making plans for the next trip. He spent Thanksgiving week hiking and cooking with his children and grandchildren at his daughter, Lori's, home in Templeton, Ca. He had one last, wonderful last horseback ride on the beach, with a close friend. Finally, he enjoyed an especially good day dining with his cowboy friends, came home to a cozy evening by the fire with Sylvia, laid down to sleep, and quietly slipped away. Barry leaves behind his wife, Sylvia Fisher, son Scott Fisher, daughter and son-in-law Lori and Joel Peelen, grandsons Barry, Jon and Luke Peelen, cherished nieces and nephews, and so many beloved friends. Barry has requested no formal services. For those who wish, contributions may be in his honor to the SRJC Equine Program for children or Landpaths in Our Own Backyard. Most of all, Barry would consider it a fine tribute to simply embrace this day. He would tell us, "Look backwards with no regrets. Look forward with optimism for the adventures ahead. " Ride on, Barry Fisher. We'll see you around the bend.
Published Online in the Press Democrat from Dec. 18 to Dec. 23, 2013
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