Barry R Owen
Barry R Owen of San Francisco, died May 28, 2020 in Grass Valley, CA, of pancreatic cancer. He was 67.
Son of Carol Terry and Jeanne Louise Guthrie Owen, Barry was born in San Antonio, TX on October 21, 1952. At six months he moved with his family to the San Joaquin Valley town of Atwater where he grew up and became a Californian through and through.
Barry was a hiker, a forest fire fighter, an editor and voluble raconteur, mentor and friend to many, and partner and husband. He was devoted to sharing his beloved San Francisco and the natural wonders of California. His gospel was the outdoors and he served as the high priest of high spring. Hikes with Barry were threaded with Latinate liturgies of botanica and spiked with cries of rapture. His writing could crackle with ecstasy, swoop and curl then alight on a playful phrase, yet always remain clear.
Barry is survived by his husband Daniel Becker; his twin brother Chris and nephews Ryan and Kyle of Nevada City, CA; brother James, wife Marci and nieces Audrey and Natalie of Woodinville, WA; family by affection Howard Levine and Posy Gering and family, and dear old friends and Scrabble opponent Anne Gallagher and Dr. Dan Wlodarcsyk.
He was predeceased by his parents, and brother Kip.
A memorial celebration will be held Monday, May 24, on the lawn at the National Aids Memorial Grove in Golden Gate Park at 1pm. Bring your own chair, lunch, champagne glass, bottle, toasts and memories. We'll raise a glass or two.
Memorials are suggested to The Save the Redwoods League, South Yuba River Citizens League, or the National Aids Memorial Grove.
Published by San Francisco Chronicle from May 19 to May 21, 2021.