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.
Published in The Arizona Republic from Jan. 9 to Jan. 11, 2009.