Brent Barnett, 56, of Prosser, went to be with Jesus, Saturday, Jan. 17, 2009, at his home, following a year-long battle with cancer.
He was born Douglas Brent Barnett on Dec. 1, 1952 in Scottsburg, Ind. to James and Roberda (Collings) Barnett. His mother passed away in 1957 and his father was later remarried to Billie D. Stanley. He was raised and educated in Scottsburg, Jeffersonville and Sellersburg, Ind. and Berea, Ohio. He graduated from Berea High School in 1971. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in geology from Ohio State University in 1980 and a master's degree in geology from Eastern Washington University in 1985.
He was a licensed professional geologist in Washington, Idaho and Oregon. Before working at Hanford, he worked for George Maddox & Associates, BHP Utah International, Washington State Dept. of Natural Resources and Washington State Dept. of Ecology in Olympia. In 1992 he began working for Westinghouse Hanford Co. in Richland. In 1996 he transferred to Battelle PNNL where he remained for 11 years. In April 2007 he transferred to Fluor Hanford Co. where he worked until April 2008, when he became too ill to continue.
He married Mary J. Amos in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho on May 26, 1990. They lived in Olympia for two years and then moved to Kennewick when Brent began working for Westinghouse. His beloved dad, James F. Barnett, passed away in 1992. Brent and Mary moved to Prosser in 1993, two months before the birth of their first child, Daniel. Their daughter, Christina, was born in 1997. Brent enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, loved playing with his children and always had the video camera rolling.
He enjoyed target shooting, weather watching, primitive camping, photography, watching Ohio State football, listening to conservative talk radio and barbecuing on the patio for our annual "Bruce Fest." He was an avid reader in the areas of science, politics, World War II history and the Holy Bible. He was a loving and generous husband, father and friend, with a wonderful dry sense of humor. His love for his savior Jesus Christ shone through in everything he did.
He was a member of the Grandview Church of the Nazarene. One of his great joys was teaching the 3-year-old Sunday school class for five years. He was also a member of the Horse Heaven Sportsman Society and the American Meteorological Society.
He is survived by his wife of 18 years, Mary; his children, Daniel and Christina, all of Prosser; his mother, Billie Barnett Wolfert and her husband, Karl; his sister, Jamie Boothe and her husband, Dave, all of Waterville, Ohio; his brother, Chris Barnett and his wife, June of Cincinnati; Ohio; nieces and nephews, Aaron, Emily and Ben Barnett and Nathaniel and Sam Lyell; and cousin, Bill Calloway of Scottsburg. He is also survived by many special aunts, uncles and cousins; and his lifelong friends, Randy and Cheryl Hallum and Bruce Merwin.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and grandparents, including his maternal grandmother, Pearl "Ma" Collings.
Visitation will be held Thursday, Jan. 22, 2009, from 2 until 7 p.m. at Prosser Funeral Home. Brent's life will be celebrated at a memorial service Saturday, Jan. 24, 2009, at noon at the Grandview Church of the Nazarene.
Donations may be made to the Grandview Church of the Nazarene, P.O. Box 370, 500 North Elm Street, Grandview, WA 98930.
Prosser Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.