July 9th, 1953 – August 16th, 2013
Born Donald Anthony Barrett to Roy and Ina Barrett. Vivian and Connie finally got the little brother they always wanted. Don spent a lot of time doing things with his Dad, but he and his Mom stayed close to the end.
He met the love of his life, Norma Young at Munson’s Corner in Wilmer at the age of 9. It was love at first sight. They were later married on November 12, 1971. They spent the next 42 years together. They had a daughter Rhonda. And even though they may not have always seen eye-to-eye, they loved each other very much. He had two Grandkids – Caitlyn and Jacob who were his pride and joy, as well as many nieces and nephews who meant the world to him.
He started work at a very young age for Mrs. Graham, taking care of her many sheep. He graduated from that to working at the Canal Flats Mill. From there he went on to one of his many loves, driving truck for Westroc. When his back began to bother him, he went to work at Napa for the next 18 years where he learned how to paint cars and sell parts. His customers classified him as a Car Doctor. He also got to visit with everyone who came in – another love of his. When Napa sold, he went back to his job as a truck driver., working for Butch Bishop and on call for the Department of Highways. He would always lend a helping hand to whoever asked. He will always be remembered for his wheeling and dealing and always giving his opinion- right or wrong. But in his case, ALWAYS RIGHT!
Don is survived by: Wife Norma Barrett; Daughter Rhonda Franzen; Granddaughter Caitlyn Franzen; Grandson Jake Franzen;, Mother Ina Barrett; Sister Connie Welch (Keith), Sister Vivian Young (Harold), brother Joe Sayer (Shelley); many nieces and nephews; great nieces and nephews. Predeceased by Father Roy Barrett, Sister-in-law Bev Knott.
A celebration of life took place
Wednesday, August 21st at 10:30 a.m.
Christ Church Trinity – 110 7th Avenue, Invermere