Kenai resident Mark Barnette Sr. died Monday, Jan. 19, 2004, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 74.
Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 23, at Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai. Pastor Chuck Thornton will officiate. Mr. Barnette's ashes will be buried along with his wife's ashes in the Kenai City Cemetery at a later date.
Mr. Barnette was born Aug. 31, 1929, in Dunbar, W.V. He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force on Jan. 4, 1946. He served his country in the Air Force for 30 years and retired at Elmendorf Air Force Base in January 1976. After his military retirement, he worked for Anchorage Chrysler Center in Anchorage. Mr. Barnette also was the owner-operator of the Wildwood Chevron in Kenai. He also had worked at the 7-11.
Mr. Barnette was Southern Baptist. He was an avid fisher and outdoors man. He also loved driving on Sundays and cooking for his family.
"Mark leaves behind a large family who owe their success to his mentoring and teaching abilities. His dedication to church, country and family surrounded the family with love and the sound of his voice singing his favorite song, 'Mountain So High,'" his family said.
Mr. Barnette was preceded in death by his wife of 48 years, Mary E. Barnette.
He is survived by his sons and daughters-in-law, Mark Jr. and Dawn Barnette of Kenai, and Phillip and Susanna of Federal Way, Wash.; daughter and son-in-law, Karen and Jim Boyd of Belfair, Wash.; grandchildren, Mark Allen Barnette and his wife, Amanda, of Fairbanks, Douglass Barnette and his fiancee, Cindy, of Anchorage, Melissa Barnette and her fiance, Rick Smith, of Kenai, Robert and David Barnette of Kenai, Cory Barnette of Hinckley, Minn., Randy Barnette of Phoenix, Anthony Barnette of Coolidge, Ariz., James Burbank and his wife, Katie, of Great Falls, Mont., and Jesse Dunbar of Federal Way; great-grandchildren, Elizabeth Barnette of Anchorage, Justine Burbank of Great Falls, Connor Barnette of Kenai, McKenna Burbank of Great Falls, Ricky and Skylar Smith, both of Kenai, and Madison Barnette of Anchorage.
Memorial donations may be sent to Central Peninsula General Hospital, 250 Hospital Way, Soldotna, AK 99669 or the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 2165, Kenai, AK 99611.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.
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