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Barney, Talmage Dennis
passed away peacefully at his home on January 5, 2009. He was 62 years old. Dennis was born on February 8, 1946 in Phoenix, Arizona to Talmage and Clarene Robson Barney. Dennis worked together with his beloved parents and four sisters on the family farm and aspired to continue a life of farming by obtaining a degree in Agricultural Economics from Arizona State University. In 1967, after serving a mission to England for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Dennis married his high school sweetheart, Ann Pomeroy. Together they were blessed to raise 10 wonderful children and become the proud grandparents of 24 grandchildren. His diverse professional career included ventures ranging from ranching, to custom home building and land development. Dennis was actively involved with the growth of the East Valley and instrumental in numerous developments including Circle G Ranches, Val Vista Lakes, and The San Tan Village Shopping Center. Dennis was the first chairman and a founding board member of The United Food Bank and sat on several other boards and commissions. Dennis actively served in his church in many capacities including as a High Councilor and Bishop. At the time of his passing, Dennis was serving the LDS student population at Arizona State University as President of the ASU Student Stake. His understanding of the power of faith to change the world gave him a strong respect for the beliefs of others leading to extensive involvement in the Arizona Interfaith Movement. His crowning joy in life was his family. His favorite place to be was up on the family ranch with Ann, surrounded by his children, grandchildren and horses. Dennis is survived by Ann, his wife of 41 years, and his children Jason (Traci), Denny (Nichole), DeAnn (Kade), Jennifer (Talan), Stacy (Greg), Darin (Megan), Bryan (Shelly), Kimberly (Drummer), Justin , Lindsey and his four sisters, Sue Ann Huso, Kathy Thompson, Jeanne Copple, Jaynie Stahle, and numerous extended family whom he loved. He was preceded in death by his loving parents, Talmage and Clarene, and granddaughter, Ella. Dennis could be defined in one sentence: Dennis Barney never met a person he didn't love. A viewing will be held from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday, at the Barney home, 1075 N. Honeysuckle Lane in Gilbert. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at the Val Vista Stake Center, 1005 N. Voyager, Gilbert. The funeral service also will be broadcast at the LDS Institute of Religion, Tempe, Arizona University Stake, 1000 W. McAllister Ave., Tempe; LDS Chapel, 1150 E. Guadalupe Road, Gilbert; and LDS Chapel, 1483 N. Driftwood Drive, Gilbert. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the United Food Bank at (480) 926-4897, Arizona Interfaith Movement at (602) 261-6704, or General Missionary Fund of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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Published in The Arizona Republic from Jan. 9 to Jan. 11, 2009.
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February 18, 2009
My grandpa Dennis Barney in my eyes was the best man in the world! he will live in my heart forever! I love you so much grandpa!
Hayley S
February 10, 2009
Dear Ann and Family,
What a wonderful tribute to a great man you and your children gave at Dennis' funeral. He was surely an example to us all in word and deed and he has left his mark of charity and love upon all who knew him. You have reason to be extremely proud of your wonderful family. It was evident that your children have been loved and taught well by the dear father and also their dear mother. Thank you for sharing your remembrances of Dennis and your testimonies of the Plan of Salvation and our Savior Jesus Christ. We were all lifted and strengthened by them. We will remember Dennis for his kind heart, his generosity, and his love of family and friends.
Love, Bob and Karen Shill
Karen Shill
February 3, 2009
Dear Ann and Family...Words seem so inadequate at a time such as this. I was so very shocked & sorry to hear of your loss. What a special, giving man! He truly was a spiritual leader in my life. My heart & prayers are with all of your wonderful family; may you all be blessed & comforted.
Joyce (King) Ellsworth
February 3, 2009
Dear Ann and family,
Jim & I are so sorry for your loss of such a wonderful husband, father, and great man. I know he will be greatly missed. We have such fond memories of our trips together. Our thoughts and prayers have been with you and your family.
Jim & Diane Hamel
January 19, 2009
Dennis created a beach in Gilbert! In the late 80's we were hosting Gilbert's first "bling" community event - The "Spring Fling" benefit fashion show. Dennis donated the (first and years to come) use of the 'almost' completed Val Vista Lakes club house for our event. The night before the event he surprised us by having the beach brought in weeks ahead of schedule. Knowing Dennis through the years of his community chilvary I wouldn't have been surprised if he could have moved mountains as well!
With Lasting loving memories, Dawn Baldry- Schween
Dawn Baldry - Schween
January 15, 2009
Dennis was FRIEND I will never forget...My sympathies Anne & family.
Rod Iverson
January 14, 2009
Dear Barney Family, We are so sorry for your loss. He is loved by so many, as are all of you. Our prayers and hearts go out to you.
Jennifer Kempton-Clancy
January 14, 2009
Dennis touched so many lives in such a humble and eternal manner. All who knew Dennis are better off. All your family has a great example to treasure and live up to. We share your sorrow as well as the honor of knowing such a great man of goodness and integrity. May the Lord bless your entire family.
Ginger (Wright) and Tony Allen
January 12, 2009
Ann & family,
Our thoughts & prayers go out to you at this time. Dennis was a wonderful, kind, and extremely generous man that truly will be missed. Your families business put a lot of food on our table and you will never be forgotten.
With loving memories,
Debie & Bob Fultz & family
January 12, 2009
To Ann and Family; It was a privilege to work closely with Dennis and his partners on Val Vista Lakes. He was always courteous, honest, insightful and enjoyable to be around. I celebrate with you his life and the immeasurable difference he as made in the life of everyone he touched. I am grateful to be counted among his numerous friends. May the Lord bless you!
John Ellingson
John Ellingson
January 12, 2009
Take comfort in knowing that now you have a special guardian angel to watch over you.
January 12, 2009
I wrote in my journal this week that I can't imagine a world without Dennis Barney. I thank Heavenly Father for the privilege of knowing Dennis Barney and having his powerful influence in my life. I loved him dearly. To Ann and his children please know that Dennis is likely the finest man I've known on this earth.
Darrell Truitt
January 12, 2009
Our thoughts and prayers are with you, all of us enjoyed Dennis's visits to A&P Nurseries he always had a smile and a friendly hello to all of our employees, he will be greatly missed.
Alice, Pete, Rob, Cindy Johns and all of A&P Employees
A&P Nursery
January 12, 2009
Our hearts are saddened to hear the passing of Dennis Barney. We express our Love and Sympathy to the Family. We esteemed him to be a great man not only in business but a spiritual giant among man.
Harry L & Geraldine Hall
January 12, 2009
This is for Dennis, from our family, written by Brad:


"Standing on the Shoulders of Giants
gives me a giant view,
and opens up a world of things
that I would like to do.
A helping hand to others
is a wonderful place to start.
It helps me feel the great big love
inside a Giants heart.
A kind word and a smile
may at first not seem like much,
but they leave the huge impression
of a Giants loving touch.
And when the day is done
and your time together is through,
My greatest wish is that I can be
A Giant Just Like You."

All of our love, Brad and Kimberly Lester Family
Brad and Kimberly Lester
January 12, 2009
We were saddened to hear about Dennis´ passing. The Barneys and Cooleys have had a relationship that goes back many years. Dennis had a big heart and has influenced so many in his positive approach to life. Ann, our prayers are with you and your family.
Jeff & Melodee Cooley
January 11, 2009
Dear Ann and family,

From my earliest memories as a child on our own cotton farm, very near his in Mesa, Denny was my best friend. We attended grade school, Junior High and High School, went through our scouting years, struggling to get our Eagle Badge together, always in the same Ward until our Missions. During High School I finally realized that he liked you, Ann, better than me. Then missions and school sent us on different paths but the love we had developed as boys has always been there. He has always been an example in both word and deed. And as we would meet together through the years at class reunions and General Conference we would immediately feel the same love and comradship of our youth. These relationships thankfully last through the eternities and help direct our actions while we remain in this frail existence. I express to you, Ann, thanks for being a wonderful companion and helpmeet to help make him the great man that I knew he would become as a boy. God bless you all till you meet again.
Melvin & Sonya Ray
January 11, 2009
We would like to express our heart felt sympathy to you, Ann, and your family. Joe was Dennis's Sunday School teacher many years ago and has much respect for him for all the good he has done for so many. Our love and prayers go with you.
Joe and Arlene Anderson
January 11, 2009
To the Barney's
Our thouhts and prayers go out to your family. Even though I have not been in contact with Dennis since we graduated in '64, I'll always remember him as a great friend. He always had a smile and a cheery hello. I always loved that red ford pick-up that went pretty fast. Go Jackrabbits, and "Carry-on"
Dale and June Wallace + 11 children
January 11, 2009
Dear Ann & Children
I would first like to tell you how much we (my family) appreciate Dennis and his example of Love & Service. Mosiah 2:17 we also would like to express our heart felt sympathy & condolences. We first heard from Dennis shortly after Hurricane Katrina hit in New Orleans in Aug. of 2005. He was calling to offer my family anything we needed to get us and many other families back on their feet. And I will not forget the Thanksgiving that I was here all by myself he opened his home and heart to me introducing me to all his children and what seemed like a never ending extended family, making me feel at home and one of the family. I was truley bless to of met him and his Family and offer them my Love and if I can be of any service to you all please just ask and I will be there, As Dennis always was! All My Love & Prayers
Dennis & Melinda Mullen & Molina
January 11, 2009
I first met Dennis Barney before moving to Mesa in 1976, while he was preparing my soon-to-be brother-in-law for baptism. After moving to Mesa, as luck would have it the Barney's were our neighbors until they moved to Gilbert and have been dear and special friends ever since. We have shared many experiences together, both church, business and pleasure and as with everyone, he always made us feel like we were his best friend. He was the most honest, humble, loving, caring, and fun person I have ever known, and he will always be one of those examples you aspire to be. I was convinced a long time ago that Dennis Barney was one of the three Nephites, and I heard it best described today that when you are in the presence of Dennis Barney, you are in the presence of an angel. I am sure there was a problem in heaven--probably having to do with the young single adults--that only Dennis could resolve. He was huge in so many ways, and while he leaves a bigger void that will never be filled, he leaves even a bigger legacy of love and integrity to all that had the extreme priviledge and blessing to be associated with Dennis Barney. If I am ever fortunate enough to see him again, I know it will because he put in a kind word for me. We love him like words cannot express. We will miss him tremondlously. We are better off and will be forever blessed because of our friendship with Dennis Barney.
mark and cheryl alder
January 11, 2009
He was a great friend and classmate at Mesa High, always smiling and happy. His absense leaves a void. Best wishes and our prayers to Ann and the whole Barney family.

Rick & Lidia Shumway
Richard Shumway
January 11, 2009
I only met Dennis a couple of times while working with his son, Jason. Dennis has provided many gifts to the world in the form of his children and grandchildren. He has shown his love for other through his humanitarian efforts. His children learned from him and will carry on his legacy. He will be missed by all he has touched.
Bob Zucker
January 11, 2009
Dennis Barney was a big man with an even bigger heart and love for his fellowmen. He leaves a legacy of charity, that godly virtue which never faileth.
Kerry & Ellen Adams
January 11, 2009
"Oh, that each from his Lord, may receive the glad word; 'Well and faithfully done. Enter into my joy and sit done on my throne." These are surely the words that greeted Dennis. We pray for your peace and comfort in knowing the plan of our Heavenly Father. You have a great family who are truly jewels in your crown as an eternal family. May the Lord bless you and keep you.
Ron and Polly CLuff
January 11, 2009
Dear Ann and Family,
Brenda and I and our family wish to send our love to you all. I grew up listening to stories about the wonderful trips you and Dennis took with my parents back in the carpet business days. I especially liked the one about the camel in Morocco! Every time I saw Dennis, he always put his arm around me and wanted to know how I was doing. He always asked about my parents and my family. I have known Dennis as a friend, a businessman, a church leader and a family man. He will always be one of my heroes. May you all receive the strength and support you need in this difficult time as blessings from a life well lived are poured out from all corners. We love you and keep you in our thoughts and prayers.

Bret & Brenda Hamel Family
Bret Hamel
January 11, 2009
Bishop Barney was my bishop for many years, he married my husband & I nearly 12 years ago. About 6 years ago, his family was visiting a little town called Whitefish Montana, where my husband was a police officer. The Barney family came to church one Sunday & when they left, I called my husband (who was working that day) and gave him the description and lic plate info on the Barney's family vehicle. So my husband "pulled them over, lights and all" and it tickled their family to pieces! We were so happy to see their family! And I know they got quite a laugh that dad got pulled over by a police officer! Thank you Bishop Barney for always being there for everyone! We love you & send our heartfelt love and best to the entire Barney family!
Russ and Luane Merkley
January 10, 2009
We extend to, Ann and all of your family our sympathy and condolences. Dennis was very special to us. We moved into the 18th Ward in 1961 when Talmage, his father was the Bishop and Don was asked to be the Priest Quorum Advisor and Dennis was in the Quorum. They had many wonderful experiences. He has always been our friend all these years. We have always admired him, he has left a wonderful legacy for his family to remember. Our prayers are with you and my God's promise of eternity bring you peace.
Love, Don and Donna Millett
Don and Donna Millett
January 10, 2009
Our deepest sympathies and most sincere condolences to the entire Barney family. We love you, and are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.
Bill & Kristy Knowlton
January 10, 2009
Ann and family, I am so sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to you and all of the Barney family. You are in my prayers today.
Beth (Bonner) Steiner
January 10, 2009
The whole Barney family is wonderful, and we express our sincere sorrow in the passing of Dennis, the head of that family. We love you and pray for the comfort that will come through family and friends. There are many memories of that red brick house on University. Love you guys, John and Kellie Schroeder
Kellie Schroeder
January 10, 2009
Our condolences to the Barney family. May the Holy Ghost comfort you in knowing that such a great man continues to faithfully serve our Heavenly Father beyond the veil. I served my mission in Japan with Denny, and his father’s amazing influence is definitely seen in his children.
Bob & Debbie Wallace
January 10, 2009
Dennis was one of my students at the Mesa Seminary in 1962-63 and we have been friends ever since. He has been a model of Christ-like service to his fellow men. He will be missed by all of us. Our love and prayers are with Ann and the family.
Keith Crockett
January 10, 2009
Our deepest sympathy to the Barney family. Richard is working in S. Korea, and regrets that he will not be here for the services with me.Richard recalls fun times, and several visits to the ranch when he was younger.Richard has often told me what a great guy he was, along with his whole family.
Richard & Jean Phelps
January 10, 2009
1 John 4:19 speaks of the Savior: "We love him, because he first loved us." The same can be said of Dennis Barney. Everyone who knew him loved him, because he first loved us. He influenced so many people. Before I ever met Dennis Barney, my father told me what a wonderful, caring person he was. I was privileged to feel and experience that for myself. I'll never forget the many outings, snow skiing, water skiing, bear hunts, etc. There are many teaching moments he gave us that I have often reflected on and treasured. Dennis Barney loved God and loved his brother. May his legacy live on and on. And may Ann, Jason, Denny, DeAnn, and all the rest of the tremendous Barney family be blessed and comforted at this time of loss.
Matt & Sharon Hale
January 9, 2009
Dear Ann and Family, The Barney family has been an inspiration to our family. When just a young single adult I (Sue) sat in the council of my then beloved Bishop Dr. Barney. Dennis along with his sisters were a positive friendship that has carried on through the years. Since that time generations have followed and my family has continued to enjoy "your" love, support, and prayers. Now we offer no less to you. Thank you for the may good deeds and dedication to life your family has presented and the friendship you've shared. Dennis will not only be missed but the loss of his big earthly heart will leave a hole in ours that will abide in mourning and loss with you. Simply sent with admiration, respect, and love to you all.
Joe and Sue Sansom
January 9, 2009
Ann and Family,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We appreciate his example of love and service in his home and the community. May you all be comforted at this time.
Love the Norm and Miriam King Family
Norm and Miriam King
January 9, 2009
Dear Ann and loved ones,
My heart aches at the loss of such a great man. There is an empty place in this world without him. Multitudes of people have been touched by his great spirit. Our prayers are with you and yours at this time.
Beverly (Reed) and David Wilstead
January 9, 2009
Our thoughts and prayers go out to all the Barney family. He finished his journey well and his reward will be great. He will be missed, but never forgotten!
Kindest regards,
Doug and Sherry Ashby
Sherry Ashby
January 9, 2009
A giant oak has fallen among us and we will sorely miss him. Truly here was a man whose influence for good was extensive and genuine. The world would be a better place if there were only more men like Dennis Barney. We treasure our friendship with this very good man. Our love and prayers go out to Ann, his children, and his many grandchildren.
Tim and Donna Flaherty
January 9, 2009
Our prayers and thoughts are with the family at this time of loss. The Gene and Suzanne Lines family
gene lines
January 9, 2009
Legacy is a very appropriate word for what Dennis leaves behind. I feel privelaged to have been aquainted with him. Dennis was a builder and developer of people first. Sincere condolences to the entire family. My dealings with Denny and Darin tell me that the legacy lives on.
Glen Washburn
January 9, 2009
Dear Ann and Family:
You are in our thoughts and our prayers. We loved the team that both you and Dennis made. You both have made an impression on our lives forever. We love you and pray for you during this most difficult time.
Wynn & Paula Ferrell
January 9, 2009
A great giant has fallen. The whole valley is shaken. Dennis was a giant in so many ways but expecially his heart was so big.
Please accept our sincere condolences.
Mac and JoMarie Woolf
JoMarie Woolf
January 8, 2009
Dennis Barney - a true man of God - not only will he sorely be missed by his family and friends but his community.
Carlene Weberg
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