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Jimmie Harold Barnette, 1938-2013

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Jimmie Harold Barnette

Jimmie Harold Barnette


Jimmie Harold Barnette of Stallion Springs passed away on Jan. 3 in Los Angeles County. Jimmie was born Oct. 19, 1938, in Klamath Falls, Ore. He was raised in San Jose, where he was an All Star football and baseball player for Lincoln High School. He was also very active in Future Farmers of America, where he raised a prize-winning Angus steer. Jim joined the United States Air Force in 1957 and served four years as an aircraft mechanic for a KC-97 refueling aircraft, based in Iceland.

Jim was a cement plant engineer and spent most of his career working for Kaiser-Permanente in Cupertino.  t was during this time Jim met and married Geri Clemetson, the love of his life, in San Jose. They were married in 1981. Soon after, they moved to Colorado Springs, Colo., and then to Albuquerque, N.M., in 1984. Jim was the plant manager for Ideal Cement until he decided to start his own consulting business in 1989. He was well respected as an expert in his field. If there was a crisis in a cement plant, Jim was called for consultation.

Geri and Jim moved to Tehachapi from Albuquerque in 1992 and built their dream home in Stallion Springs, where they became actively involved in the community. They truly enjoyed their close friends and lifestyle in Tehachapi.

Jim was a man who lived life to its fullest, with courage. He approached life with a sense of adventure. Some of his favorite pastimes included attending classic car shows and airplane museums, fishing, exploring ghost towns and abandoned cement plants. Jim was a loyal San Francisco 49ers fan and enjoyed sports of all kinds. He especially enjoyed watching his nieces’, nephews’ and grandchildren’s sporting events. Jim was a loyal father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend. He treated everyone he knew with respect and love. He truly understood what it meant to care for others, even when at times he was the one who needed support. Jim was blessed with the gift of a lung transplant in 2004. This extension to his life allowed him to provide unrelenting care and compassion to the love of his life, Geri, in her final years. He was forever grateful to be given that opportunity. At the time of his death, he was proud to be one of the longest living survivors of a lung transplant from Cedars-Sinai Hospital. Jim will be deeply missed by all.

Jim was preceded in death by his wife, Geri, in 2009; and mother, Catherine Louise Payne, in 2010. He is survived by his stepfather, David Payne Sr. of San Jose; four children, Chuck Barnette of Columbus, Indiana, Phillip Barnette of Sacramento, Nikki Widner-Veitch of Denver, Colo., and Melissa Widner-Dent of Sydney, Australia; brother, Roy and Donna Barnette of Bensalem, Pa.; sister, Barbara Olsen of Lewiston, Idaho; and brother, David and Liz Payne of Santa Cruz. He also leaves behind numerous grandchildren, nieces, and nephews, all of whom he showered with much love and attention.

A memorial service was held on Saturday, Jan. 12, at Stallion Spring Community Church. Donations can be made to Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Jim’s honor.

By mail:
Community Relations and Development
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
8700 Beverly Blvd., Suite 2416
Los Angeles, CA 90048
Wood Family Funeral Service, Inc. has handled the services. For condolences please visit

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