Jerry Stephen (Steve) Barnett
1941 - 2018
Steve Barnett, engaged citizen, former NCAA wrestling champion, University of Oregon Duck All-American, Chicago Bears NFL football player, and Rotarian passed away peacefully at his home in Danville, California on Tuesday, January 2. He was 76. The cause was congestive heart failure.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Lynn, his children Kelli Smith (Brant) and Elizabeth Barnett (Will) and his sisters Linda Swiger and Stephanie Barnett.
Steve was born in Sand Springs Oklahoma and came to Fremont in 1950. He was a gifted athlete and became one of that city's most famous sports figures.
After his retirement from Sunnyvale's Barnes Hind Pharmaceutical Company, he made the Bay Area community's life richer with his many volunteer activities. Notably the Niles Rotary Club, in which he was an active member and Club President. Steve also mediated landlord tenant disputes for Alameda County, was a member of the Contra Costa County Grand Jury that published an influential report on cleaning up the San Joaquin delta; and in 2014 was named "Volunteer of the Year" by the Danville Police Department.
Steve will be greatly missed by family and friends. His kindness in the community is legend, but he was best known for his sense of humor and the heartiest and most heartfelt of laughs. He loved to play bridge, bocci ball, and just about any other game.
Steve was known as "Captain" to all the young people in his life; "The Bear" at the University of Oregon; Partner at the Bridge table; Steverino in his amateur theater group; Daddy-O at home; and My Friend to so many.
A memorial service and reception to honor Steve Barnett's life will take place on Sunday, January 28 at 1:00 p.m. at the Round Hill Country Club in Alamo. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Steve & Lynn Barnett Scholarship c/o Fremont Bank 210A Railroad Avenue, Danville, CA 94526. The Steve & Lynn Barnett Scholarship funds scholastic pursuits for Washington High School students who are outstanding athlete-scholar-citizens. View the online memorial for Jerry Stephen (Steve) Barnett
Published by San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on Jan. 17, 2018.