1934 - 2019
LARRY BARNSON Larry H. Barnson, a native Nevadan, was an integral member of the Southern Nevada athletic community for more than 50 years. Coach Barnson passed away September 14, 2019, with his loving family by his side. He was born March 6, 1934, in Las Vegas, and grew up in Boulder City where he began setting records at an early age. In fact, it was a young Larry Barnson who scored the first touchdown on the Boulder City High School football field. In 1964, as a member of UNLV's first graduating class, Coach Barnson turned his love for sports into a full-time profession when he became a teacher and coach at Western High School, and then at Clark High School as a member of its first faculty. During his 29 years at Clark, Larry Barnson, affectionately known to many as "Barney," became one of the winningest coaches in the state of Nevada including seven collective Nevada AAA state championships in football and track and field. In addition to his distinguished coaching record, Coach Barnson was the recipient of many awards, including induction into the NIAA Hall of Fame in 2011, the Southern Nevada Track and Cross Country Coaches Hall of Fame in 1996, and the Southern Nevada Football Coaches Hall of Fame in 1996. Coach Barnson received the ultimate honor in 2014 when Clark High School debuted a new scoreboard bearing his name and officially named the field after him, the same field where he enjoyed so many victories and mentored so many young people. His contributions to athletics were not limited merely to coaching. Barnson shared his ability to execute well-managed athletic programs with many community organizations including Special Olympics, Police Olympics, Senior Olympics and the Barney-Brad-Guy Scholarship Track Meet. After making a difference in the lives of more than 17,000 students and athletes in Clark County, Coach Barnson retired in 1995. Perhaps a plaque hanging on Coach Barnson's wall at home, given to him by former student athletes, best sums up the essence of this man and his love for sports and youth. It reads, "Thank you, (Coach Barnson), not only for making us better athletes, but for making us better men." He is survived by his wife, Kathy, of 52 years; daughters, Ginnie Barnson and Lezlie Barnson-DeNardin; son-in-law, John DeNardin; and grandchildren, Abby DeNardin, Brady DeNardin and Christopher Reed. Visitation will be at 11:30 a.m. with services at 1 p.m., Sat., Sept. 21, both at Trinity United Methodist Church, 6151 W. Charleston Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89146. Burial will be at 11 a.m.Mon., Sept. 23, at Memory Gardens Memorial Park, 7251 W. Lone Mountain Road, Las Vegas, NV 89129. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Clark High School Athletic Department.

Published by Las Vegas Review-Journal on Sep. 18, 2019.
To plant trees in memory, please visit the Sympathy Store.
11:30a.m. - 1:00p.m.
Trinity United Methodist Church
6151 W. Charleston Blvd., Las Vegas, NV
Trinity United Methodist Church
6151 W. Charleston Blvd., Las Vegas, NV
Memory Gardens Memorial Park
7251 W. Lone Mountain Road, Las Vegas, NV
Add a Message

Not sure what to say?

11 Entries
Is this the same Coach Barnson who retired in 2002? He was one of my favorite teachers at Silverado High School
Johnny Fajardo
February 8, 2020
A terrific coach and a better man.
Don Purdue
September 21, 2019
Coach Barnson taught me many things as a drivers ed student and I was a member of the Clark High School Football team. In class we would get him telling stories so that we would have to do any class work. You say 17,000 students influenced but what about the tens of thousands of young people that learned at the feet of Coach and then passed on those skills! God bless you and your family at this time. Craig Fabbi Class of 72
Craig Fabbi
September 21, 2019
My husband, Daniel, was a 1969 graduate of Clark High and has often spoken fondly of his relationship with Coach Larry. I knew him as a teacher and found him to be a kind and caring person. Coach Larry influenced many of us both on and off the field. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family during this time.
Gayle and Daniel Carlile
September 20, 2019
Everyone loved Coach Barnson. His positiveinfluence touched all of his students. He deserves his rest. John Boyer, ClarkHS Class of 1967.
September 20, 2019
As a 1969 graduate of Clark High School I always held such admiration and respect for the Barnson family. Coach was a one of kind man and we are all better people because he inspired and motivated everyone that crossed his path.
My sincere condolences to all of his family
Linda Scott
September 20, 2019
My Condolences to the Family. He was a great man, motivator and teacher. I was one of the 17,000 student athletes he touched and I am a better person because of Coach. He will always have a special place in my heart.
Steven Kalb
September 19, 2019
a loved one
September 18, 2019
My Aunt Kathy and my Uncle Larry are wonderful people. Always willing to give help and guidance. Both of them mentored me in my youth and brought many opportunities into my life. Their love and guidance made a huge difference. I always wanted to be a football coach because uncle Larry made it look so fun. Sending my love to Kathy, Lezlie and Ginny.
Teri Barnson Fillmore
September 18, 2019
During your time of bereavement may you find peace and comfort in knowing that Mr.Barnson left lasting treasured memories. A beautiful soul,that touched many lives. Lezlie & Ginnie and the entire Barnson family, I lift you up in light and love, I pray for your strength. #ripcoachbarson #barsonfamily
Shanta Eppenger-Buckner
September 18, 2019
My family and the Barnson family go back so many years. My parents grew up with Larry and his brothers in Boulder City. Larry's brother Roger was my second father and when he passed it was devastating to us all. My love and prayers to Kathy and their daughters. Larry was a great coach, friend, teacher, and my adopted uncle. RIP Larry!!
Carolyn Stucki
September 17, 2019
Showing 1 - 11 of 11 results