Barkley Roy McLaughlin passed away on January 17, 2011. He was born on May 8, 1948 in Minneapolis, MN, moved to Tucson in 1961, graduated from Tucson High School in 1966 and attended the UA. In 1970, Barkley moved to San Francisco to work for Union Pacific RR. After a life changing injury in which he lost a leg, he moved to the desert near the Tortolitas. Bark hand built an adobe homestead and airstrip in the desert with the help of family and many friends. During this time he began his summer odysseys to Vancouver Island, B.C., eventually purchasing three islands on Quadra Island, BC. Gradually Bark would spend more time in the Pacific NW finally settling on Whidbey Island, WA. Throughout his life, Barkley overcame challenges that would have kept others down. He flew his Piper Cub and Cessna 206 around the Southwest, Mexico, and Canada and earned his pilot's instrument rating. He learned to ski, becoming an excellent ski-racer. Bark also loved boating, taking family and friends on many a canoe and kayak excursions, even a few white-knuckle, high-sea adventures in his 14 ft. open aluminum fishing boat. We were treated to experiences we otherwise never would have imagined; all because Bark thought they were possible. In recent times, Bark found a more spiritual connection and, as he did with every path he took, made new friends along the way. Barkley leaves behind his mother, Frances Sherlock of Tucson; sisters, Frances Emrick (Roy), Louise Fry of Tucson and nephews, Andrew Patterson (Sara) and Jesse Patterson (Anna) and great-nephews, Sebastian and Santiago Patterson of Tucson and many dear friends, old and new. Barkley always loved to make people laugh and feel good right up to the last days of his life. He lived a rich, full life, amazing even himself at all that transpired. His loving, mischievous (think Coyote Trickster) character will be greatly missed. A Celebration of Barkley's Life will be scheduled for Sunday, February 20, 2011 please call Frances for information. Arrangements by ADAIR FUNERAL HOMES, Dodge Chapel.
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Adair Funeral Homes - Dodge Chapel
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Tucson, AZ 85716
Published in the Arizona Daily Star on Feb. 13, 2011