Richard Sayre Barnes

August 26, 1954May 16, 2020
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Richard (Rick) Sayre Barnes, age 65 of Friendswood, TX, passed away Saturday, May 16th, 2020. He was born in Galveston, TX on August 26, 1954, to Herschel E. Barnes and Laura Sayre Barnes. He was married to the love of his life, his sweetheart, Doris Laswell for 46 years.

Rick gave his life to God as a young man and got a Bachelor’s degree in Theology at Texas Bible College, where he met Doris in 1972. They fell in love and were married in 1973. While supporting his family through college, he started as a machinist in the oil field industry. He advanced on to become an N/C programmer for 40 years. In 2000 he began contracting around the country in his RV, doing many different types of N/C programming jobs, including one in AeroSpace and one at Rock Island Arsenal. He was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints for 35 years. Rick and Doris were sealed for time and all eternity in the Dallas Texas temple with their children in 1989. He served in a variety of callings and positions. He loved most working with the youth. He lead the Scouting program for over ten years as a Scout Master, helping mold young boys into men.

Rick had many passions and hobbies, the longest being music. He was in the Ball High (Galveston) band and played trumpet. He continued playing trumpet throughout his life. He loved to sing and he sang in and directed many choirs. He loved learning and taught himself to play the ukulele, recorder, trombone, bass guitar, and piano. He shared his passion with others by inviting and teaching in bands and clubs of many varieties. He was in the Pearland Community Band, the San Jacinto College Jazz Band playing trumpet, the Galveston Ukelele Club, and taught ukulele at the senior center.

In the early 90’s Rick became active in SCUBA diving and became a Divemaster. His passion for diving took him to many locations. He shared his love with his family and friends, teaching anyone who wanted to learn, including his 12-year-old son Adam and wife. He took up woodworking and set up his own business, “Rick’s Pens” where he made beautiful Mont Blanc pens, custom made. He kept this hobby up for years and made many beautiful things with his woodworking skills.

He loved to travel. Any chance presented he’d jump on to go somewhere new. He loved to RV and drove it all over the country. Every new contracting job he had, he used to his advantage to travel and learn all he could in the area he was in. He and Doris visited many beautiful places both domestic and international.

He learned the Ham Radio to help the church during times of distress – primarily hurricane season. As always, he took this initial spark and lit a fire with it. He obtained the highest license as he could and used it to help out during Hurricane Ike when the phone lines were down in Galveston. He participated with the Annual Houston Air Show and also the MS 150 as a radio coordinator for several years. He loved being in the Pearland Ham Radio club and talking to people all over the world.

He was also a proud member of the Sons of the American Revolution and the Sons of the Republic of Texas. He enjoyed doing genealogy and family history. He continued his mother’s legacy of genealogy work. He was in the ROTC in High School. He became an outstanding cadet in 1972, advancing to company commander with the rank of Major. He was most definitely a “Jack of all trades” and mastered as many of them as he could.

Always willing to share his passions, he was a teacher to many. He also taught a Junior Achievement class for 5th/6th graders for many years. His children and grandchildren were his favorite pupils, they also shared in his hobbies and passions, incorporating it into their own lives. He touched everyone he came across, always willing to lead or teach.

Rick was preceded in death by his mother Laura and father Herschel. He was survived by his loving wife Doris Laswell Barnes, two children: Adam Richard Barnes and Amanda June Barnes Taysom, and 6 grandchildren: Michael, Matthew, Ryan, Isaac, Annabelle River, and Nikolai. His older brother Douglas McBee, wife Linda and their five children; his beloved aunt Norma Jean Barnes and by his dear cousins Arleta Keith and her son Doug, and Dianne McLean, her children Kimberly, Robert, Amy, Laurie, and John, and her grandchildren.

Rick never met a stranger. His voice and laugh were deep and booming. He filled the room with his presence, his love, and his vast knowledge. In 2018 he had to retire early due to a diagnosis of cancer and fought a long, hard battle with it. We remember him in his robust health of vigor and energy. We celebrate his life and reflect on how blessed we all are from having known him.


  • Adam Barnes, Pallbearer
  • Matthew Barnes, Pallbearer
  • Ryan Barnes, Pallbearer
  • Douglas McBee, Pallbearer
  • David Bussanich, Pallbearer
  • Daniel Hunsicker, Pallbearer
  • Robert Clendenen, Pallbearer
  • John Clendenen, Pallbearer


  • Visitation

    Friday, May 22, 2020

  • Celebration of Life

    Friday, May 22, 2020


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Shae Rippstein

May 22, 2020

Doris, Adam, and Amanda (and families),
I was so sorry to hear of the passing of your dear husband and father. I always loved visiting with Rick—whether it was about life, travel, his work (or mine), things he was learning to do and enjoyed, his family, or music. He was so fun and positive and full of enthusiasm and he wanted to share that. Watching him work and serve was inspirational—you knew he was giving his all and doing his very best in everything. I know he loves his family and his Heavenly Father with all of his heart. You are in my thoughts and prayers and I hope that you have wonderful memories come to mind that will help you through this difficult time. The gospel is full of hope and I pray you will be comforted by an understanding of our Heavenly Father’s plan. I send you all my love and care—Shae

Dianne McLean

May 21, 2020

Rick Barnes is my cousin and my best friend. His grandmother, Pearl, and my grandmother, Arlette, are sisters. I can remember when my grandmother went to visit her sister, there were always two little boys running around barefoot with beautiful blue eyes, golden brown hair, and sunkissed cheeks. They were adorable little boys named Ricky and Gary! They seemed as inseparable as twins. Gary is also our cousin .

Rick's mother, Laura, and my mother, Juanita, arranged for Rick to come over our house for a dance lesson to prepare him for his first dance at Stephen F. Austin Junior High. Rick learned so many dances in one night, I know he really showed the other guys how! 🕺💃

That year I graduated from Ball High School 🏫 and went on my merry way to college! Rick and I did not see each other for 9 years. After I had joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I called Rick because my mother told me he had gone to Bible college to become a minister. Rick invited me over for dinner and to meet his wife. They were such a beautiful, sweet young couple, and from that very night, we became best friends.

Rick and I shared a deep love for Jesus Christ, our family, children, grandchildren, and a passion for music. Thank you Rick for baptizing my children and for being a best friend who is closer than a brother. I know Rick is singing now with saints and angels and our relatives who have gone before. I know he is happy and free and singing the songs of all the redeemed. I'll love you forever, Rick!

Roger Stenstrom

May 20, 2020

My first memories of Rick was approximately 2007. I was monitoring the 147.220 ham Radio repeater. Rick was asking for a radio check. One thing I thought was odd is that he did not transmit his call sign. I came back to him and told him his signal was good into the repeater. I also asked him for his ham radio call sign. He said he had Past his amateur radio license test but have not received his call sign. We talked a Little and then I told him it would be best for him to get off the air until he receives his call sign. I was his first amateur radio contact with out him having his license.
About approximately a week later I remember Rick having his call sign. We have been Friends ever since. Another old time memory was myself and Ricks first amateur radio field day with the Pearland amateur radio club. Myself and Rick decided we would operate the radios during the night shift of field day. Our goal was to arrive at the park around 8 PM and operate the radios until the next morning around 6 AM. I made it till around 1 o’clock in the morning and left to go home. Later the next day Rick told me he made it till around 5 AM. I have so many great memories with Rick. Rest in peace buddy. You are in Paradise now.


Adam Nelson

May 18, 2020

Rick was my first youth leader and scout leader. His passion for scouts and teaching the kids was something I always admired about him. He is one of the main reasons I became an Eagle Scout. I never really appreciated his drive and his passion to help us until I became an 11 year old scout leader myself and I realized just how tough an assignment it was, and how good he was at his role, and how much of an impact it had on me as an adult. I often found myself planning for scout meetings, and I‘d ask myself, “how did Rick teach this?” He was a great teacher and he really cared about the boys he taught. I’m grateful for that guidance he gave me when I was young.

Ted Dinklage

May 18, 2020

My earliest memory of Rick was that he was the cool dude in the 7th grade with the big afro hair cut. We were band mates and our friendship grew into a brotherhood throughout life. Rick was a true friend, we joked around with each other like brothers, but he never got mad. He was so easy going and had a keen interest in so many things. He always had the coolest, complicated watches, and he knew how to use them! He was passionate about his interest, whether it be photography, radio broadcasting, ham radio, woodworking, or his love for music. He was just as passionate about Doris, Adam, Amanda and later, his grandchildren. In short, we have few friends like Rick in this life, and his loss will be felt the remainder of my life. Rest In Peace my Ole Buddy.


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