Bernard J. Barnes

June 7, 1930April 10, 2018

Bernard J. Barnes, age 87, passed away Tuesday April 10, 2018 with his wife by his side. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his older sister Eleanor, younger brother Bob and his son Gary. He is survived by his devoted wife Frances, their children, spouses and grandchildren:

Karen, Kevin and James

David, Daisy, Caslin and John Lord

Daniel and Holly

Rebecca, Jeff, Samantha and Jack

Shannon and Tyson

Jessica, Mark, Cohen and Levi

His Son David could not have said it better. “He left a great legacy to his children over the years. He passed on his love for music and the arts through his love of movies and the beautiful and talented way in which he played the piano. Through the risks he took in building his own law firm he taught us that hard work and taking risks are necessary to build a business and that to be your own boss was worth the effort. Through his stories of living abroad and flying jets with the U.S. Air Force, taught us that the world is a bigger place and one that should be experienced. Through his avid golf addiction, taught us to enjoy the things you love to do and to make time for them. Through watching his service to his church and community he taught us the joy one gets from service and through giving back to others. Through his devotion to his wife and example in raising 7 children to each become successful individuals of their own. We learned that family is everything and they should be cherished. He was many things to many people, an attorney, a serviceman and pilot, a judge, a bishop- stake president- mission president, a musician, a golfer... but most importantly he was a great family man, husband, and Dad.”

His service will be held Monday April 16th, 2018 at 10:00am at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona. Military honors will begin promptly at 10:00am.

Bernard asked that when he passed, in lieu of flowers, to make a donation to the St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. Donations can be made through the link below:


  • Graveside Service Monday, April 16, 2018

Bernard J. Barnes

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Gary Bylund

October 5, 2018

As a missionary he sure did make a big difference in my life.

Chris Brayton

April 17, 2018

This is a bitter-sweet day. I grew to love President Barnes during my time with him in Michigan as a Missionary for The Church if Jesus Christ Of Latter-Day Saints. We laughed together, cried together, and I learned so much from this great man! May God be with Sister Barnes, who I also loved, and the rest of his family and may the Grace of the Savior be with and comfort them during this time. My prayers and love are with you!

Elder James Westover

April 14, 2018

To Grandpa from James

Jessica Mortenson

April 14, 2018

I love you Dad!

Mary Blanco

April 13, 2018

Judge Barnes is kind, gentle and loving and yes even funny. He was always willing to help. He was part of the Encanto Court family we all loved "our Judge Barnes". Words cannot express the the vacancy he left and no one can ever replace our dear Judge Barnes.

Thank you Mrs Barnes, Karen and the rest of the family for sharing Judge with us.

Judge is now with this father in heaven and his soul is now at rest.

Mary Blanco

Elisa “Alice” Velasquez

April 13, 2018

It was my pleasure to have worked with Judge Barnes as his judgements and/or rulings were always fair.
Judge Barns always found time to chat with us when the courtroom would empty. He entertained us with so many stories of his life and family. He was always upbeat and many times quite comical in his greetings to us.
I tried not be emotional in my goodbyes to Judge when I retired in December but how does one not become emotional knowing the possibility of not seeing most of the people you were once close to, again.
Judge Barnes is leaving a hugh void in ours hearts and will be dearly missed.
May God Bless and keep him and all the family in His Grace.

Rachel Torres Carrillo

April 13, 2018

I want to express my deepest condolences to Judge Barnes family, he will truly be missed by the Justice Courts. I was honored to have known this wonderful, gentle man that was always teaching all the judges to just do better. He discuss cases with us and how he came up with his conclusion of that case. I always felt a little more educated after hearing of the outcome that seem to always be positive. He always talked a lot about his family and grandchildren who he loved so very much. But one thing I will always remember about him is that you felt like family with him. I remember one day my brake light went on in my car, I mention it to him he grab my keys and toke it down the street to have it checked. This is who I will always remember about him being concern about others. Thank you for allowing me to share my thoughts with you, the Justice Courts and me will miss him dearly. Judge Rachel Torres Carrillo