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Joseph Robert Barnett, loving husband, father, brother, nephew, cousin and friend to many passed away November 30, 2012 at the age of 64. He lost his hard-fought battle with Myelodysplastic Syndrome, a rare blood cancer. He is survived by "the love of his life" Deborah Heyen Barnett, his two daughters Adrienne Barnett and Elizabeth Barnett Smith, and his son-in-law Sam Smith.
Joe was born in San Antonio, TX on September 14, 1948 to John Walter Barnett and Betty Josephine Duncan, who preceded him in death. His brother John Louis Barnett also preceded him in death.
Everyone who knew Joe would say that family was the absolute passion of his life. He could not have been prouder of his wife and children. He was a man of many interests and immense energy. He was a member of The National Guard after he graduated from Texas A & I - Kingsville in 1970. Joe was an extremely proud member of the Delta Tau Delta fraternity. He and his fraternity brothers continued to get together and party and travel, up until the time of his passing. Despite his loyalty to A & I, he was a University of Texas Longhorns fanatic and proud his wife, 2 daughters and son-in-law graduated from there.
He loved his ranch in Bandera, Texas and spending weekends out there tending to the land and entertaining his friends. He loved landscaping, swimming, traveling and especially dancing. He was extremely gregarious and turned many parties into wild dance fests. He also loved being a member of the social organization The Town Club. Joe loved his job of 37 years as a pharmaceutical representative and all of the relationships he made with his coworkers, nurses and physicians he called on.
The family would like to thank all of the Doctors and nurses that cared for Joe during his illness.
For 40 years, he was a devoted member and usher at the Alamo Heights United Methodist Church. His memorial service will be held in the sanctuary at AHUMC on Tuesday, December 4, 2012 at 3 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Be The Match, a bone marrow donor bank, www.marrow.org, or The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society http://www.lls.org.
Published in Express-News on Dec. 2, 2012