E. Neil Barnes, 84, passed away on Friday, January 17, in St. George, Utah. He is survived by his wife, Sherry, brothers Robert and Thomas of CA, sons Rick and Chris, daughter Lynn all from CA, stepdaughters Tammy Coddington and Tari Mitcheff, as well as grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Neil was born on April 13, 1929 in Los Angeles. He lived most of his life in CA until retiring to St. George in 2003 during the building boom when he again took up his occupation as a general contractor. He enjoyed sports his entire life including both snow and water skiing, but his true passions in later life were senior slow pitch softball and golf, which he regularly enjoyed, and eagerly looked forward to softball tournaments beginning in February. He was the oldest player on the teams he played for but often ran the bases for players younger than himself who said they wanted to be just like him when they grew up. Once, just for fun, he entered and medaled in the 100 yard dash in the Huntsman World Senior Games.
In lieu of a funeral, there will be a Celebration of his Life in a few weeks. Anyone interested in attending or wishing to have a message read during this celebration should contact Sherry at [email protected] for date, location, and time.