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Richard Brent 'Dick' Barnes: 1942—2013 | Passages

August 27, 2013 · 12:51 PM

Richard 'Dick' Barnes: 1942—2013 / Contributed photo

Longtime San Juan Island resident Dick Barnes passed away Friday, Aug. 23 in Friday Harbor, Wash.

Born March 22, 1942 in Hemet, Calif., he graduated from Gardena High School in 1960. In 1963, he enlisted in the US Naval Reserve, and served in active naval duty during the Vietnam War aboard the USS Ranger CVA-61, in the Western Pacific.

Upon completion of his service, he returned to California and earned a bachelors degree in psychology, took masters degree coursework and worked as a career counselor at Cal State Northridge.

In 1972, he relocated to Washington state to serve as a regional director with the US Department of Health, Education & Welfare, and after four years with the federal government he began a new career, coming to San Juan Island in 1976 with his family and purchasing Snug Harbor Resort, which he owned and operated for over 20 years.

He remained an island resident for the rest of his life, and was an active member of several San Juan Island community organizations, including the San Juan Singers, the Island Chordsmen Plus and the San Juan Lions Club. He also volunteered at the Mullis Community Senior Center.

Dick was active for many years in the San Juan Community Theatre, and had key roles in performances of Inherit the Wind, The King and I, Man of La Mancha, Hello, Dolly!, H.M.S. Pinafore and many others. He also played Joseph in Friday Harbor's annual holiday performance of the Posada.

Dick will be remembered for his sense of humor, his love of music and theater, his dedication to animals, especially his own dogs and cats, and his longtime love of San Juan Island.

He is survived by his sons, Brent Barnes of Post Falls, Idaho, and Eric (Laura) Concord of Friday Harbor, daughter Kristi (Gary) Roundtree of Seattle, brother Doug (Diane) Barnes of Sparks, Nev. and their son Chris, sister Jane Broadwater-Redfern of Friday Harbor and her son Sam, 10 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

A public memorial to honor Dick's life will be held on Saturday, Sept. 14, at 11 a.m., at Friday Harbor Presbyterian Church.

— Family of Dick Barnes

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