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Barnes, Jean Smart 1925 to 2013 RANCHO SANTA FE-- Long time Rancho Santa Fe resident, Jean S. Barnes, whose Rancho Santa Fe heritage dates back to the origins of this historical community, died Monday, January 21, 2013, at the age of 87. Jean's early years were spent at Rancho Zorro, where her parents lived and managed the Douglas Fairbanks Sr. estate, now known as Fairbanks Ranch. Before moving to the Rancho Zorro house, the family resided in historic La Flecha House which was designed by famed architect Lillian Rice. Her father, William A. Smart, who served with the Santa Fe Land Improvement Company, applied his Occidental College agriculture education the new horticultural methods for cultivating citrus and avocados in North County. Jean's mother, Carol R. Smart, was the first woman to acquire a real estate broker's license in North County San Diego. In the 1950's Jean sold real estate in her mother's Del Mar office. Jean graduated in 1942 from San Dieguito High School and was on the golf team. Her love of golf may have stemmed from the early days at Rancho Santa Fe where she kept score for Bing Crosby and many professionals at Bing Crosby's Clambake at Rancho Santa Fe country club. On December 7, 1941, after a game of golf at the Rancho Santa Fe Club, she was told by the head pro to walk back along the course to advise the military officers playing in a tournament that Pearl Harbor had been attacked and a mandatory recall was in place to return to base. During World War II she left her studies at UCLA, where she was a member of Delta Gamma, to work at North Island as a production scheduler. At a social event in Coronado, Jean was introduced to her husband, Navy Captain Bob Barnes. She and her husband experienced a life of adventure traveling the world while living from Hawaii to Italy. Upon Bob's retirement from the Navy, she returned to Rancho Santa Fe to become an early member of Whispering Palms, now known as Morgan Run, where she served as president of the Ladies Golf Association. During retirement she and her husband traveled abroad, leading friends to special golf courses in Scotland, Ireland and England. Jean was a prized source for historical researchers about the development of the Rancho Santa Fe community. Her large book of original ranch photographs, taken by United Artist photographers, chronicles the period of agricultural living in North County during the Great Depression. She was able to confirm many and deny some of the legends about the Hollywood stars who vacationed and purchased homes in the North County of the 1930's, 40's and 50's. According to the librarians at the Rancho Santa Fe Library she was a fellow "library-lifer", where she volunteered on behalf of the Guild as a member of the book selection committee, and could often be found scanning the stacks for another good book to read. A philanthropist at heart with commitment to many causes, she was especially dedicated to the Rancho Santa Fe Library Guild fund and the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund. Jean died peacefully at her home with her daughter Molly at her side. She was preceded in death by husband, Robert C. Barnes; brother, Robert A. Smart; sister, Leanne Talbot; and eldest son, Robert Jr., a Marine officer. She is survived by three daughters, Barbara Barnes, Dianne Barnes and Molly Crabtree; two sons, David Cain and Navy Captain Andy Cain of Colorado Springs, Colorado; sister-in-law, Pat Smart; and five grandchildren. The family will hold a celebration of life on February 16, 2013, at Morgan Run. In lieu of flowers and cards, please consider a donation to the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund or the Rancho Santa Fe Library Guild. Please sign the guest book online at www.legacy.com/obituaries/ranchosantafereview.

Published in The San Diego Union Tribune from Feb. 5 to Feb. 10, 2013
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