Joyce loses ‘irreplaceable’ community volunteer


JOYCE – The Joyce community is mourning the death of one of its staunchest supporters, Terry Wayne Barnett, Joyce Fire Chief Greg Waters said.

Barnett died of cancer on September 13 at the age of 74, said Sam Nugent, deputy chairman of the board of commissioners.

Barnett has served on the Crescent Community Advisory Board, the Joyce Daze Committee, and the Joyce Emergency Planning and Preparedness (JEPP) group.

Barnett has also served as District No. 4 Fire Marshal since 2017, and he has served on several committees and served as chair of the building committee.

“Under this leadership, the fire district has made great strides towards a new fire station through the purchase of an existing administration building and the design and planning for the construction of a new fire barn. appliances, according to a fire district press release.

“It’s a shame Terry didn’t live to see the completion of this project,” Nugent said. “It was his dream. But I know he will be watching as we complete it.

Barnett, a Navy veteran who was an Air Force Storekeeper Second Class and a Vietnam veteran, took great pride in serving the Joyce community in which he lived, Waters said.

“Terry would do anything for anyone, if it was in his power. And he would never ask for anything in return,” said Waters, a longtime friend of Barnett.

Barnett was named an official Joyce Daze “Grinch” in 2020, a community award in recognition that, like the Grinch, “his heart had grown three times bigger” than most.

As an example of this donation, Terry donated his corneas in hopes that even when he died he could help someone else, Waters said.

Beyond his active committee roles, Barnett has also volunteered his time to help with construction projects, building repairs, and various maintenance projects throughout the community.

Barnett would often show up during snowstorms to plow driveways and clear access so fire trucks and ambulances could get out to help residents.

As part of his involvement with JEPP, Barnett, along with Jim Buck, was instrumental in developing a water filtration system to provide residents with a clean drink in the event of catastrophic events such as earthquakes earthen.

Chairman of the Board of Commissioners, Ben Pacheco, said of Barnett: “We have lost an irreplaceable part of our community.

“Terry will be greatly missed and will never be forgotten.”

Barnett was predeceased by his parents and one brother, Robert L. (Bob) Barnett.

He is survived by his significant other, Rosemary Morgan of Port Angeles, his son Richard K. Barnett of Florida, his son and daughter-in-law Randall S. (Randy) and Crystal Barnett of Puyallup, and his brother-in-law and sister . Jerry A. and Marilyn K. Daniels of Spokane, 16 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

At his request, there will be no official memorial service. A private family burial was planned at West Hills Memorial Park in Yakima and a celebration of life was to be held at a later date.


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