Vernon "Butch" Barrett

Aug. 1, 1942 - Dec. 27, 2012
Butch was born at home on Missouri St. in Fairfield to Vernon and Grace Barrett. He graduated from Armijo and Solano College where he was an outstanding athlete. He joined the Fairfield Volunteer Fire Department and became a full time firefighter in 1962. He rose through the ranks and retired as a Battalion Chief after 30 years of service. Butch's passion and dedication served as an inspiration to many others, and he was a strong influence on shaping the department into what it has grown into today. Butch loved his job!
He was also still active with Suisun District serving as a commissioner for 25 years.
Butch married his high school sweetheart, Carlanne Norris, Feb. 22, 1964. They had two sons, Aaron and Bryan. He was a loving husband and father.
While working as a firefighter he obtained his General Contractor's license and loved building his own home and working on many other construction projects with the help of his fellow firefighters.
He loved to ride motorcycles, fly fish, and travel across the USA, Canada and Alaska, in his RV. He planned many trips with family and friends.
Butch was a generous man. He was always willing to give a helping hand. He made us all laugh! He fought a hard battle with congestive heart failure. He was a believer in Jesus Christ and obeyed God's commands to love, forgive, and help others. He will be greatly missed, but he is at home, and at peace with God.
Butch is survived by his wife, Carlanne; son, Aaron (Shelly); grandson, Alec; granddaughter, Zoe; son, Bryan (Toni); sisters, Ellouise Linnartz (Jim), Bonnie Sholberg; many nieces and nephews.
Viewing will be held Thursday, Jan 3, from 5 to 9 p.m., Bryan Braker, 1850 W. Texas St., Fairfield. Funeral service will be Friday, Jan 4, at 10 a.m., at First Baptist Church, 1108 Washington St., Fairfield. Reception at Station 37, Pennsylvania Ave., and Kentucky St., Fairfield.

Published in The Reporter on Jan. 1, 2013