Philip Ernest BARNETT
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BARNETT, Philip Ernest
Born in Hardin, MT August 13, 1942, Phil was called home to the Lord December 18, 2012 at the age of 70, after a courageous two-year battle with cancer.



After serving in the U.S. Air Force, he entered into a long and varied career in law enforcement. He served at both Pasadena and Novato Police Depts. before joining the Sacramento County Sheriff's Dept. as a deputy in 1970. Meanwhile be earned a B.A. in Criminal Justice at Sacramento State University in 1974. While at the Sheriff's Dept., be served on patrol, as a training officer, as a detective, as well as an instructor in Crisis Intervention. Retired in 1985 due to injuries incurred in the line of duty, he later would work for Cal Expo Police Dept., the California DOJ in dignitary protection for the then attorney general, and as an investigator for the Office of Inspector General (DOC).
He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Rusty; daughter, Brenda Arnone (Stephen) and grandchildren Brian and Stephanie Arnone of Williamsburg, VA; mother, Lillian Wild of Vista, CA; sister-in-law Donna Fippin (Wayne) of Murphys, CA; and nephews Brett Fippin (Seana) of Brentwood, CA and Darren Fippin (Gerri) of Scotts Valley, CA. He was preceded in death by his father, Jack Barnett, and sister, Jackie Cox.
A memorial service will be held on January 12, 2013 at 11:00am at Faith Lutheran Church, 4000 San Juan Ave., Fair Oaks, CA 95628. A reception and light lunch to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Heifer International or a charity of your choice.

Published in The Sacramento Bee on Jan. 6, 2013.
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