OBITUARY

James David Barron

May 31, 1928July 24, 2014
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James D. Barron, 86, of Carrollton, passed away on July 24, 2014.

A ceremony celebrating his life will be 10:00 AM, Saturday, August 9, 2014 at Rhoton Funeral Home 1511 S. I-35E, Carrollton, Texas 75006.

Inurnment will be held at 10:00 AM, Monday, August 11, 2014 at DFW National Cemetery 2000 Mountain Creek Parkway, Dallas Texas 75211.

Jim was born in Somerville, Massachusetts on May 31, 1928. His life had a tragic beginning, losing his father before he reached the age of five. He attended The Henry Ford School for Boys in Sudbury, where he met the school founder, industrialist Henry Ford. It was a meeting that left a positive impression upon him for his entire life. He went on to attend Ringe & Latin School in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Like many of his time he eagerly pursued a role in the war effort, overstating his age, he worked his way through the merchant marines and ultimately into 11th Airborn Division by war’s end. He continued his stay in the Army, serving in postwar Japan and in the Korean War. He remained in Japan after his service with the Army ended. He married Tetsuko “Terry” Kitani in 1955. Returning to the U.S. in 1961, he built a career in the metallurgy products industry. Despite the hardship of living his life without his father, he lived an exemplary life committed to his family and community service.

In 1995, Jim and Terry moved to Carrollton to be close to their son, David, and his family. In the nearly twenty years, he has been a part of this community, Jim has accomplished much. He served as a member of the committee for the Denton County Veterans Memorial. His own service in WWII and Korea are commemorated there along with numerous others who have served in the military. He was passionate about recognizing the sacrifice of these men and women. He spent every Sunday at the DFW airport greeting the troops returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. Many who passed this way will remember the gentle old hero with his black vest adorned with military and community insignias from the many who recognized this outstanding effort. His effort was tireless. You would find him selling those iconic red poppies for the Carrollton VFW Post, raising money for the USO and other worthy causes. His causes would include the Fisher House to host family members of vets, while they waited for “their” hero recovering in a VA hospital. His causes also ran deep into the community, fund raising for St. Judes and other organizations. In life he was honored by many in the community. This included an honorary membership in the Denton County Southern Cruisers, a motorcycle club. It was a membership he valued as much as those he had with the Elks and the Vets. But, above all, he loved his membership in the vibrant senior citizen community of Carrollton. He was proud to a part of the community around him. Appropriately, he ended his life surrounded by the warm and loving wishes of so many who knew him.

Jim is preceded in death by his wife, Terry, passing from this life on June 27, 2010. Theirs was a long and loving marriage.

Jim is survived by his son Jim and his wife Pat; their children Katie and Megan; and son David and his wife Wendy; their children Allison and Valerie.

Memorials may be given to Elks National Foundation, Inc. 2750 North Lakeview Avenue Chicago, Illinois 60614

Arrangements under the direction of Rhoton Funeral Home, Carrollton, TX.

Services

  • Memorial Service Saturday, August 9, 2014
  • Inurnment Monday, August 11, 2014
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Kihei Otani

September 29, 2014

Dear Jim and Dave,

Sorry to hear about the passing of your father. He was a wonderful mentor and friend while I was at Mitutoyo in Paramus, NJ. I knew your late mother as well. When I was there in New Jersey from 1982- 1991, I had many fond memories of your dad and mother. They were both very friendly and always welcomed me to their home in Hillsdale. Since I left Mitutoyo, I missed your dad's friendly smile and good stories. He introduced me to Elkdom. Your dad and mother will always be in my heart. Take care. Kihei Otani

Valerie Barron

August 14, 2014

My Grandpa has been one of the most influential people in my life. He has been by my side since I was born. As I child I looked up to him because I always heard stories of his adventures in the army, and many childhood memories from my father. He seemed like a brave, selfless, kind, soul who put others before himself. As I grew older I remember always seeing him help in the community. Whether it was at the senior center, at the elks club, or at walmart selling poppies for veterans. I viewed him as a role model for me and my sister to learn how to help others around us. My grandfather was an honorable man who always did whatever he could to help and support others. I remember that he would be at any event that I thought was special just to support me and my sister. He never missed an orchestra concert or an graduation ceremony. He was always there to support us. He valued his family and I know that it was important to him. I miss seeing him every weekend to go out to our weekly lunch at Olive Garden or a nice dinner at First Chinese. He was a fun spirit that will truly be missed by me and my family. I will always remember him for the corny jokes he would tell that would bring a smile to anyone's face, and for his selfless heart that has shown all those around him how to be better people. My grandfather was a kind man with a heart the size of China. He had the most inspirational love for anyone he met. He did what ever he could for everyone he met and especially for his family. I hope to one day find a love like my Grandpa Jim's and Grandma Terry's. They had a bond that was so strong it defied all other forces. I take comfort in knowing that he is now at peace with my dear grandma. I hope to someday be half the person he was. He really did change every life he touched.

Katie and Megan Barron

August 12, 2014

Our Grandpa was a kind and selfless man. He always put our feelings first before his. Whenever we wanted an ice slushy before dinner or an enormous amount of candy he was the man to go to. He always wanted to make us happy, and he did. As time went on it got harder for us to visit him because he was in Texas and we were in New Jersey, but every time we went back it was like we never left. The comments he made to our dad and uncle always made us laugh and he would smile knowing he made us happy. We were really proud that our Grandpa would go meet the troops every Sunday morning and support those who were involved. Even at his age he still managed to get up, feed the squirrels and birds, and meet with the troops. That made my sister and I proud. Grandpa did not let age slow him down. He was an inspiration to my sister and I and taught us that no matter how old you get you can still fulfill your life with acts of kindness. We're going to miss our Grandpa very much, but we are glad to know he is in a place where he is reunited with our Grandma, and our dog Newton. Our Grandpa can continue his selfless kind deeds in a new place now, but will always be missed here.

August 8, 2014

Sorry to hear of the passing of your dad. We met him at the Carrollton Senior Center. He always had a good story of his life in the service and other places he had been. What a wonderful person always had a smile on his face. He will be missed. May God be with your family.
Jim and Jean Dyer ( Carrollton,Tx)

Steve & Ellen Carder

August 4, 2014

Jim Barron, Friend, Dad, Grandpa, Hero, Amazing person.
My wife and I were lucky enough to know Jim for many of the holidays over the last 10 years. David and Wendy our best friends included Jim on most all of our get togethers. Jim's feet have been under our table for many great meals, and even more great stories. Jim had seen some of the best life offered, also saw some of the ugliness from war. Jim alway was a cracker, always a jest a joke or a good story that made time go by way too fast. We always knew what to get Jim for Christmas, of course, YELLOW, Shirt, Sweatshirt, Jacket, just yellow that was all that was important. Jim will be missed. Our lives were all enriched by this special man. Meek in appearance, a giant in life, experience and humility. Somehow the world is not right when we have all endured this loss. But the victory in his memory is he touched many, uplifted, encouraged the gang.
Godspeed Jim

Mark Clauder

August 4, 2014

David,

I am sad that your dad has passed. I am happy that you had him for as long as you did and that you shared so much. You had a wonderful father/son relationship. Both of you were fortunate to have each other for as long as you did, which wasn't long enough. Know that he is now in a better place and that both your parents will continue to watch over you for all your days. The love they have for you will radiate from Heaven on you and your family forever.

Mark

Vickie Reed

August 4, 2014

I also met Jim through the Carrollton Elks Lodge and continued our friendship at the American Legion Post 597 in Carrollton. He was such a funny, sweet and interesting gentleman. Loved listening to his stories. He was very proud of the work he did for his community and veterans. He was one of a kind and will be greatly missed.

Harold LeBrocq

August 3, 2014

I only knew Jim a short while during my short time with the VFW, but he will certainly be missed. He always had a smile on his face at our monthly meetings, and was always joking with the members.
It was obvious the man had a heart of gold. There are not many left from the greatest generation who built this great country, and my hope is we will not let their great work perish.
MAJ (retired) Harold LeBrocq

Dave Sinkewicz

August 1, 2014

Very nice tribute to your father.

August 1, 2014

Very nice tribute to your father