James Carlisle Barringer

August 9, 1922January 12, 2013

Born in St. Louis on August 9, 1922, James Carlisle 'Carl" Barringer passed away on Saturday, January 12, 2013.

Carl moved to Glendale, Calif., in 1925, and attended schools in Glendale, graduating from Hoover High School in 1940. He entered Stanford University in the fall of 1941 and became a member of delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity in spring of 1942. In the summer of 1942, Carl enlisted in the army Reserve program and was called to active duty in April 1943. He did basic training in tank destroyers at Fort Hood in Texas.

He was sent to the University of Michigan in the fall of 1943 with the Army Specialized Training program, and then when the program broke up he was sent to the infantry in February 1944. Carl joined Terry Allen's 104th Infantry Division (The Timberwolves) at Fort Carson in Colorado Springs, Colo. They arrived in France in September 1944, and entered into combat in October in Holland with the Canadian First Army with British support, fighting through Belgium and Holland to free the approaches to the Port of Antwerp. In November 1944, Carl shifted to the American First Army at Aachen and fought through the Rhineland to Colonge. They crossed the Rhine River at the Remagen Bridgehead, through central Germany, to contact with the Russians above Leipiz in April 1945. Carl was sergeant and squad leader with the 413th Infantry Regiment, and was awarded a Combat Infantryman's Badge and three battle stars.

The 104th Division was scheduled for the secondary invasion of Japan, above Tokyo, when World War II ended. Carl returned to Stanford in the spring of 1946 and met Catherine Morris. They were married in July of 1948, and moved to Santa Paula as part of Barringer & Botke, General Contractors. He joined the Santa Paula Rotary Club in 1952, and served as president 1960 to 1961. Carl obtained his private pilot's license in 1954. Carl was President of the Chamber of Commerce 1980 to 1981, and was named Citizen of the Year for 1981.

He was a founding (1984), and continuing member of the Blanchard Library Endowment Committee, and a past commander of veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2043 (1998-2001). Carl served as a Santa Paula city councilman from 1982 to 1990, and was mayor for the terms 1983 to 1984, and again 1989 to 1990. While a councilman he instigated the Redevelopment Program for the City of Santa Paula. He was chairman from 1982 to 1992, of the Highway 126 improvement committee, and instrumental in the development of Highway 126 to four lanes from Santa Paula to Los Angeles County.

Carl is survived by his wife of 64 years, Cathy Barringer; daughter, Christine Early (husband Jeffrey); sons, Richard (wife Carol), William, and Robert (wife Elizabeth);seven grandchildren, Robert Early (wife Kris), Cathi Fortner (husband Kris), Alisa Fisher (husband Greg), Heather McClamroch (husband Dan), Caitlin workman (husband Jay) and Brett and Kristen Barringer; and five great-grandchildren, Kerstin, Rachel and Ashlyn Early, Savannah Fisher, and Julie Fortner.

Everlasting gratitude to Angel Martha Craig and Dr. Gary Deutsch. Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, January 18, at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 117 N. 7th St. in Santa Paula.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Carl's name to Santa Clara Valley Hospice/Home Support Group, P.O. Box 365, Santa Paula, Ca 93061; St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 117 N. 7th St., Santa Paula, Ca 93060; or the Frank Albert Memorial Scholarship Fund, Stanford University, 326 Galvez St. Stanford, Ca 94305. Arrangements are under the direction of Skillin-Carroll Mortuary, Santa Paula, 525-3391.


  • Funeral Service Friday, January 18, 2013

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Sol Chooljian

February 5, 2013

Carl, a bigger than life person, even in his later years, greeted one and all with a smile and a keen sense of humor. He stood taller than most even in his wheeled chair. He and Cathy are a couple to remember especially this Valentine's Day as a model for us to follow. Laura McAvoy and Sol Chooljian

National Timberwolf Association 104th Infantry Division

January 24, 2013

I will turn home at last once more
Knowing that a true soldier's rest
Once earned is sweet
His peace complete
Who gave until the last his best

Ray Johnson

January 21, 2013

Cathy, Met you and Carl While rehabbing at Easter Seals pool what fun it was to be with him there. My prayers for both you and Carl

Glenda Bivens

January 21, 2013

Sending my thoughts and prayers to the Barringer family during this difficult time. Carl was a pillar in our community and a good man. He lived a long, good life. He was blessed as he blessed others.

Jan Clapperton Allen

January 19, 2013

Rick & Carol and the Barringer Family, Randy & I send our condolences.

Angele Blanton

January 18, 2013

Cathy, I will never forget how kind and helpful Carl was to me when I came to Sant Paula to take over Tony Kirk's animal clinic. Both of you have been good friends. Blessings on you both, Angele Blanton

January 17, 2013

Cathy & family, sorry to hear about your loss. Will always remember the fun times we had with the Barringer families years ago.
Memories are special, draw on them.

Love to all, Ruth Harvey Ritchie

The Oliver Family

January 17, 2013

We will miss Carl and send our condolences to all the family.

We will always remember being at St. Paul's Church when Cathy and Carl renewed their wedding vows - on their 50th wedding anniversary. They still had that twinkle in their eyes when they looked at each other and I thought then, and do now, that they were such role models for couples today. You are blessed, Cathy, to have known and given such love. Should we all be that blessed! Our hearts go out to you. With much love.

Rey & The Frutos Family

January 17, 2013

Barringer Family, my family and I have nothing but nice memories of Mr. Carl. He was a gentle giant and has left many memories. May he rest in peace...

Nancy King

January 17, 2013

Dear Cathy, Bill, Bob, and Rick,
I only got to know Carl better over the past 10 years, but you couldn't ask for better neighbors!
When I stopped by the house awhile back,while Cathy and I spoke, Carl was watching a football game, but knew he was listening to us because he had a distinctive grin. He is loved, and missed already. Love, Nancy