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Bill Merritt Funeral Service

6201 Northwest 39Th Expressway, Bethany, OK

OBITUARY

Darren Lee Barnett

September 7, 1974October 3, 2019
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Darren Lee Barnett was born on September 7, 1974 to Bobby Dale and Judy Ann (Moon) Barnett in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He grew up in Piedmont, Oklahoma, then later moved to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma where he made it his home. He passed away in his home, surrounded by loved ones, on October 3, 2019, at the age of 45. He had a true zest for life and enjoyed various outdoor activities such as boating, especially performance boats, four-wheeling, motorcycles, woodworking and shooting guns. Darren loved hanging out with his friends, listening to music, dancing, tinkering in the garage, playing games, watching OSU football, and most of all playing jokes on those around him. He had an extremely strong bond with his two rescue dogs, Lenny and Simon. Darren began working in the warehouse for Neighbor's Coffee when he was 17 years old, he was quickly promoted to sales where he excelled. He continued working in the coffee industry for 15 years between Neighbor's Coffee and Douwe Egberts. Darren later received his Bachelor’s of Science Degree from Southern Nazarene University while working full time at GE Healthcare. He worked for GE Healthcare as a Territory Sales Manager for over ten years, and for the last three years was a Sales Manager at Interstate Batteries. Darren is survived by his wife of twelve years, Misty Lynn (Rolen) Barnett, his mother, Judy Wallace and husband Larry of Oklahoma City, his father, Bobby Barnett and wife Bert of Waxahachie, Texas, his maternal grandmother Virginia Moon of Oklahoma City, his mother-in-law, Debbie Rolen of Woodward, OK, his father-in-law, Virgil Rolen and wife Connie of Woodward, OK, his two nephews, Brandon and Bryson Barnett, as well as numerous other nieces and nephews, relatives and friends. Darren is preceded in death by his brother, Robert Wayne Barnett. He had a loving family as well as numerous loving and loyal friends that will miss him and his mischievous grin dearly.

Services for Darren Lee Barnett will be held at Guardian Funeral Home West Chapel on Wednesday, October 9, 2019 at 2:00 p.m.

Services

  • Memorial Service Wednesday, October 9, 2019

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Jeremy Wray

October 14, 2019

I’ll never forget the good times. God’s Speed my friend I’ll see you at the lake on the other side.

Meredith Keele Caballero

October 9, 2019

I couldn’t possibly decide on a single memory of Darren. No matter how many ornery pranks he pulled on me I loved him so much and always knew he’d have my back if we got in trouble. I met his sweet wife once when I saw them at Louie’s after years of not seeing him and can’t even tell you how happy it made me to see him so happy. Love you too, Bobby and Judy.

Kat Eppler

October 9, 2019

Darren was quite a character and he always made me laugh. I am thankful that I met such an awesome individual. My only regret was that I didn't get to know him and Misty much sooner. Goodbye for now, Darren. I'm sorry that I couldn't be there today. Love, hugs and prayers to you, Misty.

Natasha Reavis

October 9, 2019

I remember Darren from when we were young, I was 19 and our brothers were friends and introduced us. Darren and Robert were so much fun and had an amazing bond and energy that you just wanted to be around. I will always remember Darren's love for music, he liked the classics, a lot of jazz at that time and his love for food, he was serious about a cut of meat and it's preparation...And he was right, I still haven't had brisket that good since....
I've thanked God for setting Darren in my path for over 19 years and helping me create the most amazing thing I could have ever dreamed, he was a man of his word and my family will always be thankful for him.
The world is a better place because Darren was in it.
My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.

Matt & Emily Marr

October 8, 2019

There was never a dull moment with Darren. His smile and sense of humor could light up any room. We have so many fun memories of midnight four-wheeler rides, playing horseshoes on the beach, and hanging out in his barn on the weekends. Darren always had ideas for new adventures and loved to share those experiences with everyone around him. He was an extraordinary man and he will be missed. Our heart goes out to Misty and the rest of his family.

Resa Stowe

October 8, 2019

I am so thankful to have met Darren. Darren became one of my OSU pals and he was always so nice. I loved spending time with Darren and Misty and getting to know them. I just wish I had met them a lot sooner in life. Darren was always so kind and willing to do anything for a friend. I will miss you my friend. Rest in peace now.
Resa

Kenny, Dayna and Keagan Wederski

October 8, 2019

No one can prepare you for such a loss.
Just know that Darren will always be with each of us. Despite the loss of his physical presence, he is still alive in our hearts and minds. Witty, kind and fun loving memories are what we have to remember Darren. Misty - We cannot even begin to understand what you are going through right now, but we love you and will always just be a call away. May the love of family and friends comfort you during these difficult days.

Don & Stephanie Gust

October 8, 2019

We met Darren at Misty and Amy's unforgettable Halloween party. That night he and I sparked a friendship that I'll cherish forever. All the trips to the lake and nights in the city or just hanging out in the garage. We had the friendship that even if you split your pants at his wedding reception, he'd wrap you in a table cloth and convince you not leave, and it'd be one of the best nights of your life. My warmest memories of Darren would be the times helping him set-up or shut-down at the lake. He and I "getting stuff done" and the sense of satisfaction & accomplishment. He instilled wisdom about the value of work and exemplified getting the work done first before the play. He taught and gave me so much with complete selflessness. You will live in my heart forever buddy.
Love you.

Judy Dyer

October 8, 2019

I had the pleasure of raising one of the most remarkable young men, Darren Barnett. The D stood for discovery, he was always so quick to find out the why's of everything; the letter A stood for adventure. One day I looked up and a huge truck was dragging a pike into the yard for him to ride and jump bikes and skateboards on; the letter R was for rafts that he and his friend put together with logs and string and tried to float in a pond which failed. The letter R was for Riddles which he carried a book of around that was full of riddles, he drove everyone crazy with his made up humor. The letter E was for entertainment when he decided to become Elvis Presley and stand on the corner and sing for money. The letter N was for NeverEnding smiles, inventions and zest for life. This was Darren as a boy and a man... devoted to what he believed in, he stood strong for helping others and never did admit defeat, always trying with much energy and Hope. As a child, a youngster and a grown man he stood for what he believed in and took friendships very seriously, always willing to help. Darren was Darren and I will miss him forever!

Julie Morris

October 8, 2019

There was never a dull moment with Darren - always laughing and trying to teach me how to cowboy dance. LOL (I still don't know how...) Mark and I loved our times spent with Darren and Misty. Sending love and hugs to you Misty - and prayers for comfort for you and the family. He is in Heaven - probably trying to teach some other "two-left-feet" soul how to cowboy dance!! XO

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