Earl Barney

Oct. 20, 1937 – Jan. 3, 2019

Earl Bud Barney was led away from this earthly life and on to eternal life on Jan. 3, 2019, at the age of 81. He joined his wife Gloria, his mom Lula Morgan, dad Irvin Barney and his three brothers Dan, Jim and Darryl.

Earl, or Bud as many called him, was born on Oct. 20, 1937, in Las Vegas, Nevada. He grew up in Virgin, Utah, and graduated from Hurricane High in 1955. He met and married Gloria Leavitt in 1957. They were sealed in the Salt Lake Temple on Jan. 11, 1966.

He became a brick mason at a young age and worked for Leavitt and Pulsipher Masonry until he became a masonry contractor of his own company. Earl was ambitious and driven to succeed in his trade.

He was known for being honest and a master of his trade. His work showed that he believed his name and the quality of his work were important. He demanded perfection from those who worked for him and from himself. He was capable of solving difficult problems and those who worked with him were proud to be associated with him. He was in high demand because those in the business knew that he would give them quality work in a timely manner. He built homes, churches, schools and many large business buildings. His handiwork is on display all over Southern Utah.

He lived a life filled with integrity, hard work and love. He was a man of few words and he communicated very effectively by just giving β€œthe look,” but when he spoke people listened.

Earl was a master woodturner and made many beautiful bowls for family and friends.

He loved the outdoors, hunting, riding dirt bikes, water skiing at Lake Powell and snow skiing at Brian Head. Earl and his family spent many days camping on Cedar Mountain, on Sheep Bridge and Smith Mesa. He was athletic and picked up snow skiing and scuba diving in his later years.

He has left a great legacy and example for his family to follow.

He is survived by his four children: his son Russell (Julia) five children, five grandchildren; daughter Julie (Jared) three children, eight grandchildren; daughter Colleen (Jason) six children, 10 grandchildren; son Boyd (Connie) three children.

He was a loving husband, father and grandfather. His family will miss Earl dearly but they carry many wonderful memories of love and a great example of what a man should be.

Funeral services

  • All services will be at the North Stake Center, 272 S. 700 West in Hurricane, Utah.
  • A family meet and greet will be held on Thursday, Jan. 10, from 6-8 p.m.
  • Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 11.
  • Interment will be held at Hurricane City Cemetery, 12:30 p.m. at 600 N. 225 West, Hurricane, Utah.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Serenity Funeral Home of Southern Utah, 435-986-2085.

For condolences, full obituary and funeral listings please visit Serenity Funeral Home online.

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