Frank Anthony Barela

November 21, 1938February 2, 2019
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Frank Anthony Barela peacefully went to meet Our Savior on February 2, 2019. He was surrounded by loved ones.

Frank was born November 21, 1938 to Manuel and Mary Barela in Fort Collins, Colorado. Frank was the fifth child of ten in his family.

Frank grew up working with his brothers and dad in landscaping. He graduated from Fort Collins High School in 1957 and enlisted in the Army shortly after. Frank was stationed at Schofield Barracks in Hawaii and took his R&R in Okinawa, Japan. Living in Hawaii was his first experience with ‘travel.’ He was honorably discharged in 1962 and came home to Fort Collins.

Frank married Priscilla Aragon, on November 14, 1964 after completing Barber School. Together they had three children, Carrie, Scott and Leslie. Frank and Priscilla raised their kids here but enjoyed summer vacations to California always stopping in Las Vegas. When gambling came to Black Hawk, he loved heading up ‘the hill’ for the day, enjoying slots and a good crab dinner at the White Buffalo.

Frank and Priscilla were very active in their home church, Holy Family Catholic Church. He chaired their annual Fiesta Fundraiser in 1988, and attended and later worked the Curcillo. Frank worked for Woodward in the early 60’s, the family business through the ‘80s and finished his career as a barber in his own barbershop, Frank’s Barber Shop (across from Poudre Valley Hospital). Frank was well known for his haircuts, double or nothing dice, jokes, and loyalty to the Colorado State Rams. Even on the coldest of days, when the Rams football team had no hope for a win, he was there cheering on the Green and Gold.

In 2010, Frank traveled to Europe with his wife and youngest daughter. He experienced London, Paris, Rome, Florence and Madrid - but ultimately was excited to return to his home and American Food. Frank’s pockets were always full of candy or nuts – some snack to get him through the day.

He returned to Hawaii in 2013 and made his way back to Schofield. He showed his wife and daughter Waikiki, the Dole Plantation, Pearl Harbor and told stories of the Alamoana and Santa Claus coming in on a surf board.

Frank was a Life Member of the Fort Collins Elks Lodge #804, and proud to attend his daughter’s Installation as Exalted Ruler. Frank had many great friends at the Elks and always enjoyed a good meal by their chef and a friendly joke.

Frank also enjoyed many vacations to Disneyland with his grandchildren in his later years.

Frank’s love for the CSU Rams continued as he traveled with close friends to see the basketball team in New York City at the NIT and the football team take on Louisville at the Liberty Bowl in Memphis, Boston College in Boston and UTAS in San Antonio. In Honor of Frank’s Love for the CSU Rams, please wear Ram attire or green and gold to his services.

Frank was preceded in death by his parents, Manuel and Mary Barela; his father and mother in law, Martin and Louise Aragon; one brother, Manuel Barela; one sister Percella Romero; and two nephews, Mike Feltz and Levi Feltz.

He is survived by his wife, Priscilla Barela; three children, Carrie (Andre L.) Johnson, Scott (Mary) Barela, and Leslie Barela; and seven grandchildren, Christopher Barela, Olivia Johnson, Anthony Barela, Martin Johnson, Andre F. Johnson, Jalen Johnson and Jacob Johnson. Four sisters: Mercella Barela, Barbara Gavaldon (Tom), Judy Solano (Carmel) and Valeria (Mike) Feltz; three brothers: Savino Barela (Carmen), John (MariJean) Barela and Bert (Terry) Barela.

Recitation of the Rosary will be held at 7:00pm, Wednesday, February 6, 2019 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Fort Collins. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 2:00pm, Thursday, February 7, 2019 at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Graveside Service with Military Honors will immediately follow in Grandview Cemetery, Fort Collins. Reception to follow at Fort Collins Elks Lodge. Memorial contributions may be made in Frank’s name to the Fort Collins Elks Lodge #804.


  • Manuel Barela, Father
  • Mary Barela, Mother
  • Martin Aragon, Father-in-law
  • Louise Aragon, Mother-in-law
  • Priscilla Barela, Wife
  • Carrie Johnson, Daughter
  • Scott Barela, Son
  • Leslie Barela, Daughter
  • Manuel Barela, Brother
  • Bert Barela, Brother
  • John Barela, Brother
  • Savino Barela, Brother
  • Percella Romero, Sister
  • Mercella Barela, Sister
  • Barbara Gavaldon, Sister
  • Judy Solano, Sister
  • Valeria Feltz, Sister
  • Christopher Barela, Grandson
  • Olivia Johnson, Granddaughter
  • Anthony Barela, Grandson
  • Martin Johnson, Grandson
  • Andre Johnson, Grandson
  • Jalen Johnson, Grandson
  • Jacob Johnson, Grandson
  • Mike Feltz, Nephew
  • Levi Feltz, Nephew

  • Andre L. Johnson, Pallbearer
  • Christopher Barela, Pallbearer
  • Martin Johnson, Pallbearer
  • Alan Aragon, Pallbearer
  • Amadeo Barela, Pallbearer
  • Dennis Feltz, Pallbearer
  • Olivia Johnson, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Anthony Barela, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Andre F. Johnson, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Jalen Johnson, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Jacob Johnson, Honorary Pallbearer


  • Recitation of the Rosary Wednesday, February 6, 2019
  • Mass of Christian Burial Thursday, February 7, 2019
  • Graveside Service with Military Honors Thursday, February 7, 2019
  • Reception Thursday, February 7, 2019

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Paul Feltz

February 7, 2019

Frank was my friend. First met at Rohbecker's Orchard north of Waverly when the Manual managed the harvest crew. Later he cut my hair at Woodward Governor. He was always my friend. I will miss him my friend.

Paul Feltz

Jim and Sharon Hartman

February 6, 2019

Dear Barela Family,

We were so sorry to hear of Frank's death. Priscilla, Jim was your high school classmate. Jim speaks fondly of your family.

I (Sharon) first met Scott and Mary when I photographed their wedding. I could tell in about 2 minutes that Scott was raised in a loving family.

Jim and Sharon Hartman

Fred & Leslie Frantz

February 6, 2019

To the entire Family, we are so sorry for your loss. Frank was truly a special person and the way he led his life is reflected in the tremendous family that Priscilla and he raised. We are disappointed that we will not be able to attend any of the celebrations of Frank's life as we are in Arizona until April. God's blessings to you all. Love and Peace, Leslie and Fred

Wally & Phyllis Mosher

February 5, 2019

So sorry to hear of Frank's passing! We spent many hours in the barber business together and many more eating out at the Pizza Roma, and several Mexican restaurants in the Ft. Collins area. I remember rolling the "dice" many times for coffee or maybe a quarter, ha! I bought a car from him once, I think it belonged to Pricilla, but he was ready to get a 1950 Chevy pickup and made me a deal. The cars name was "Bullet", Frank said it was shot!!

Our best to the entire family, many good times and memories over the years!
Wally and Phyllis

Garry Smith

February 4, 2019

My best friend. I will miss him dearly. One time we were fishing at Trappers Lake in float tubes, Frank was afraid the tube would sink, so he walked 1 mile around the lake. We spent many hours watching our two Scotts play pee wee league baseball , of course we thought they would both become major leaguers. We spent enjoyable times at the Charcoal Broiler as well as dinners at each others home. Frank and Pricilla came to Patsys funeral in Canon City, which was about 5 years ago. That was so much appreciated. Frank was a big man, with a big heart and I long to see him again. We often shared our faith.