Orvin “Pat” Barney, 97, of Logan, Utah, passed peacefully on Tuesday, July 11, 2023. Pat was born April 1, 1926 (no joking!) in Sutherland, Utah to Pat Lorenzo and Alta Barney.
Pat has lived in Delta, UT; Salt Lake City, UT; Moroni, UT; Portland, OR; Seattle, WA; Laie, HI; Las Vegas, NV; and has lived in Logan, UT for the last 24 years.
WWII was raging when Pat entered BYU-Provo as a Freshman. As luck would have it, he was blessed to meet his sweetheart, Betty Lucille Stratford, living in the same dorm as him. There’s was a true “knock three times on the ceiling when you want me” courtship. After a year of college, Pat enlisted in the Navy. It was during this time that Pat gained a love and appreciation for all races and people of the world. Upon his release from the Navy at the end of the war, he and Betty married in the Salt Lake temple on September 4, 1946.
After marriage, Pat transferred to the University of Utah where he received his bachelor’s degree. He began his professional career as a math teacher at Moroni High School. Later, Pat and Betty moved to Seattle, WA while Pat served his country during the Korean War. Pat continued his education upon separation from the Navy at the University of Oregon where he completed his master’s degree and completed an Ed.D. in Education.
In Hawaii, Pat worked as the Director of Counseling Services at BYU-Hawaii, and then as the Director of LDS Social Services, first in Hawaii and then in Las Vegas.
After retiring, Pat had the joy of serving two missions with the best companion ever (Betty) for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, one in Winnipeg, Canada and another in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.
Pat and Betty have six children (Kathy Matthews of Oxnard, CA; David and Deedee Barney of Beaverton, OR; Bill and Judy Barney of Mesa, AZ; Larry and Sandra Barney of Mesa, AZ; Lynnelle and Jim Hite of Yuma, AZ; Shirlene and Greg Hicken of Logan, UT), along with their 34 grandchildren and a growing number of great-grandchildren, currently numbering in the 90s; as well as a growing number of great-great-grandchildren. Their posterity was Pat’s greatest treasure.
Pat was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Darwon; sisters Shirley, Verna, and Geneal; son-in-law Richard Matthews; and grandsons Erik and Craig Hite.
We are all grateful for the love, support, and enduring example of faith and dedication that exemplified his life, and which continue to be a blessing and inspiration to everyone who knew and loved him.
Funeral services will be held Saturday July 15, at 1260 N 1600 E, North Logan with a viewing prior from 9:30-10:30 am. A viewing will also be held Friday July 14, from 6-8pm at Allen-Hall Mortuary, 34 E Center St., Logan.
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