ARVADA —Richard Kent Barr of Arvada, formerly of Sanford, passed away peacefully with family members by his side after a long and valiant battle with cancer on Aug. 2, 2019.
He was born March 13, 1938 in Alamosa, to Eugene and Gladys Barr. He attended school and graduated from Sanford Public Schools. Kent was an avid fan and follower of all the sports teams from Sanford High School. He loved going to state tournaments and cheering on the youth - both boys and girls.
From his early youth, he loved airplanes and said that one day he would fly. He owned his own plane and was a licensed pilot for many years. Kent also loved his country very much and proudly served for four years in the United States Air Force which took him around the world.
Following his tenure with the Air Force, he returned home and worked for Rio Grande Motorway in Alamosa. This experience led him to the Denver/Golden area where he worked for Coors in their transportation department for many years until he retired. Following his retirement, he found himself in Monticello, Utah working for the local hospital transporting blood samples and other medical materials throughout the region. After a few years, he returned to the Denver area.
Kent is survived by Patti of the family home. Three sons: Ward and Stephanie and granddaughters Brogran and Tinely; Tony and Michelle and grandchildren Taylor, Madison, McKinley, and Taft; and Aaron and Maria. Eleven brothers and sisters also survive: Max (Betty) Romeo; Paul (Dorothy) Monticello, Utah; Roxie Stanley (Preston) Sanford; Dotty Barr Tempe, Ariz.; Shirley Valentine (Craig) Aurora; Sharlene Gowdy, Sanford; Brent (Linda) Greeley; Sue Jackson (Allan) Roswell, N.M.; Kirk (Lisa) Sanford; Mark, LaSalle; and Tom (Adele) Sanford; and many nieces, nephews and friends.
Kent was preceded in by his parents, Eugene and Gladys Barr, and sister, Elizabeth Bushnell.
Funeral services are Saturday, Aug. 10, at 11 a.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 7080 Independence Street, Arvada. Kent was a life-long member of the church. Arrangements are being handled by Horan/McNonaty Mortuary, 7577 W. 80th Ave., Arvada.