Our loving father, grandfather, great-grandfather and husband, passed away from pneumonia on January 12, 2019 after living a long, full and vital life.
Don was one of nine children of Ernest Cellan Barnes and Lue Verde Howard, Barnes, Mitchell, Snow. He was born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri.
He served several years in the United States Air Force.
Don married Bonnie LeBreton on June 20, 1954 in Elko, Nevada and later divorced.
Pop was a dedicated, loving and amazing father to Rory and Robyn, the loves of his life.
Don married Mary Glezos, Forsman on September 12, 1989 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Pop's unwavering 46-year love affair with his wife Mary and her son Victor was truly amazing. Victor and Mary have been a mother, grandmother (Yia Yia), great-grandmother, uncle, great-uncle and brother to us every step of Pop's wonderful life. We will be forever grateful and love them dearly.
Dad/Pop was a wonderful person with a heart of gold whose family meant the world to him, and he most definitely meant the world to them. He cherished being with the people he loved. Being with his children and their families was truly the highlight of his life. Pop was a remarkable man who cared for his family with immense generosity and dedication. His smile could light up a room and his sense of humor was on 24 hours a day 7 days a week. His jokes, although sometimes R-rated, could make you roll your eyes or pass your drink through your nose, but they always made you smile; Pop had a knack for lightening the atmosphere. He loved all teams Kansas City and his Utah Jazz. He was always true to himself and we all loved him for that. We admire his strength, care, intelligence, wit and charisma.
Family gatherings will never be the same, although the memory of you will always lighten up the room for all in the future. Although our hearts are broken, they are full of the memories of you.
Dad, you may not have written the book, but you definitely wrote a very valuable chapter of how to be an amazing father and grandfather. We can only hope to be as good of parents/grandparents as you were. We love you so much!
We will and already miss you terribly, but you will always live on in our hearts!
Don is survived by his son Rory and daughter-in-law Cori Barnes, daughter Robyn Powers, stepson's Victor and Ted Forsman, grandchildren Merceydes (Alex) Lopez, Jake (Devon) Barnes, Jimmy (Lindsey) Powers and Baylee (Nick) Drage, great-grandchild Gabriel Barnes, brother's Edward and George Barnes and sister Beth Ann Lund.
Preceded in death by parents, brothers Noel, David and Steve, sisters Darlene and Helena, stepson Ernie Forsman and grandson Braydon Barnes.
A celebration of his life will be held at Starks Funeral Parlor 3651 South 900 East, Monday, January 21st from 12:00pm until 2:00pm. Guests are encouraged to use the complimentary valet parking on the north side of the building.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Don's name to the Humane Society of Utah.