Herman C. "Jack" Barnes
1951 - 2021
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Herman Curtis Barnes, better known as "Jack" passed away on February 12, 2021, he was 70 years old. A memorial service will be held on Sunday, February 21, 2021 at 3pm at the La Plata County Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall. Due to current conditions, we ask that all COVID-19 guidelines be followed. Masks will be available at the door.

Jack was born in Durango, to John and Edith Barnes on January 2, 1951. According to the Durango Herald, he was the first baby of the New Year in the county. He grew up working on the family ranch outside Ignacio, and graduated from Ignacio High School. He was married to Jeanie Dossey in 1973. The marriage ended after 20 years, and Jack never remarried. He held various jobs during his life, working for companies such as the City of Durango, the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, and burgeoning Stoneage Waterjet. He was the 13th employee hired at Stoneage, but by the time of his retirement, the company employed hundreds. Everywhere he worked, he made several lasting friendships. The only thing Jack enjoyed more than ranching was spending countless hours and days watching his children and grandchildren participate in numerous sports and activities.

Jack was preceded in death by his mother and father, as well as his younger sister, Linda. He is survived by his 3 sons: Neil (Eirann) of Ignacio, Rex (Robin) of Bayfield and Todd of Mexico; his grandchildren: Blane, Mikayla, Shelby, Kaden, Deegan, Austyn, and Dakota; brother-in-law, Albert Hoggatt and his children, Charlsie, Johanna, and Marvin of Arizona. Jack is also survived by a large extended family, most of which still live on the family ranch where he grew up.

In lieu of flowers, we ask that you consider a donation to the Durango Adult Education Center, which made a tremendous impact on his life.

We ask that those who wish to share anecdotes or stories of Jack, send them to memoriesofjack@yahoo.com, these will be displayed at the gathering and compiled for his children and grandchildren to keep. Anyone who wishes to share their submitted stories will be given an opportunity to share memories at the gathering.

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Published in The Durango Herald on Feb. 17, 2021.
Memorial service
03:00 PM
La Plata County Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall
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February 24, 2021
Jack was my dear brother in Christ. Our church will not be the same without him. His true and heartfelt love for our Lord, was seen by all through his commitment, love and work in the church. Strong and faithful to the end he again demonstrated his faith and trust in the Lord whom he is now with in heaven. What a beautiful example, I am honored to have known him.
Jennifer Henry
February 21, 2021
I worked with Jack for several years with the City Of Durango. Could not ask for a kinder person. May he rest in piece.
Roger and Mary Miller
February 21, 2021
Jack was a kind and gentle with a quick sense of humor. I enjoyed working with him years ago, and my condolences to his family.
Julie Frank
February 21, 2021
I will always remember the countless Saturdays we spent traveling to wrestling tourneys together to cheer on his Son. Such a great man and a sad loss. Thoughts be with you in your time of loss.
Kim K.
February 20, 2021
Jack will be missed by our family! We will miss the yearly branding get together and the talks about how everyone was doing. Jacks smile and laugh that could brighten any gloomy day will be remembered in our hearts for eternity.
Tiffani Barnes
February 19, 2021
I worked with Jack my Brother for almost 16 years, learned a lot from him. I am sad that I can't have lunch with him in our retirement years.
Good bye my friend .
Ron Fadell
February 19, 2021
I will certainly miss Jack and getting him laughing when he came to visit me. I was introduced to him about 5 years ago by the managers at Stoneage. I really enjoyed helping him figure out if he could retire when he did. and making sure he could enjoy the things in life that were important to him....My sympathies go out to his family and friends.
Dave Smiley
February 18, 2021
My cousin, Jack, had the kindest heart of any man on this earth. He was a devoted Christian and lived his Christianity daily. The bible says to come to our Lord Jesus as a child. This was Jack personified. I will surely miss his smile, his voice, his laughter, his sharing of tears, and his ever-present ability to forgive.
Sharon A. Cook
February 17, 2021
Words can not express how much Jack will be missed. I had the honor of working on a church project with him. I loved how he asked questions until he was satisfied he understood. Always a smile and a hug. Prayers for family. Blessings, The Longfellows
Annamarie Longfellow
February 17, 2021
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Alex Valencia
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