James Michael (Mike) Barnett was born October 11, 1957 to Marilyn Jo (Linville) and James Halbert Barnett in Killeen, Texas. He attended Verden Elementary School and Carmel Elementary in Carmel, Indiana. His Junior High and High School years were spent in Warner, Oklahoma. While in school, Mike excelled in academics and athletics. Some of his proud accomplishments include pitching a near perfect game in Little League, being named a Presidential Leadership Awardee, and joining the Oklahoma Honor Society. He served as Student Council President at Warner High School and was a member of the Academic Team. Mike was a three sport athlete, although basketball was his favorite. After High School, Mike first attended Northeastern State University in Tahlequah and later briefly attended the University of Oklahoma, where he supported his favorite team, the Sooners. He eventually received a B.S. in Biology from NSU in 1983.
On June 3, 1983, he married Patricia Harjo. They had two sons, Zachary Michael and Joshua Allen, born in 1986 and 1990 respectively. Mr. Barnett worked as a pharmaceutical salesman in Kansas City during that time. He was an outstanding salesperson and received several awards at the UpJohn Corporation. In the early 1990s, Mike wanted to give back to society and left sales to become a teacher. He taught at Shawnee Mission High School and Harrisonville High School in Kansas City. In 1999, Mike returned to pharmaceutical sales, working for the Elan Corporation in Orlando, Florida. In 2003, the family returned to Oklahoma, where Mike worked for Lincare Medical for many years. Following his passions for the outdoors, golf and Colorado, he spent the last 5 years of this life working at the Pagosa Springs Golf Club.
Mike passed from this world on November 24, 2016. He leaves behind two sons, Zach and Josh, three grandchildren, Kingston, Nevaeh & Sadie; also his mother, Jo, one brother, Gary, step brothers, Scott and Troy Curtis, two aunts, Maridell Melton and Beth Edwards, one uncle, J.B. Linville and many other family and friends who will miss him dearly. He was preceded in death by one brother, Brad, his father, Jim, his stepmother, Carmen, and both sets of grandparents.
Mike loved his boys. He loved animals, sunrises and sunsets which lead him to his most recent hobby of photography. His photographs were widely enjoyed on Facebook, by his personal friends and online followers alike. He found happiness in the small things and brought joy to all he met.
Published on December 31, 2016