July 19, 1939 – Dec. 28, 2019
Our beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, uncle and friend Ernest Walter “Walt” Barlow, passed away Dec. 28, 2019, at home surrounded by family.
Walt was born July 19, 1939, in Jackson, Mississippi, to Ernest Howard Barlow and Alice Hazel Stewart. Walt grew up in Savannah, Georgia, and was the oldest of three siblings. He attended the University of Tennessee before joining the United States Air Force in 1962. In 1963, while stationed at Mather Air Force Base in Sacramento, California, he met Barbara Joan Poppe. They were married May 15, 1964, in the London, England, LDS Temple, starting their lives together in Rosiere En Haye Toul’, France, where Walt was stationed.
In 1966, Walt returned with his family to the States where he joined the Air Force Reserves, followed by the Air National Guard as well as completing his education. He earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degree in Chemical Engineering from BYU. In 1972, Walt moved his family to Tooele County and took employment with National Lead (now US Magnesium) where he worked in various management and engineering roles until retirement.
Walt was an active member of the LDS church. He served in many callings but a few that meant the most to him were serving as Stansbury Stake Executive Secretary for 16 years, serving as a Family History Missionary and working in the Salt Lake LDS Temple.
Walt enjoyed spending time fly fishing with his boys, traveling, cheering for all BYU sports, researching his family history and working in his garden. He was a Master Gardner and enjoyed selling his produce at the Benson Grist Mill Farmer’s Market.
Walt took great pride in his family and his family heritage. He was the backbone to his family and provided much love, support and guidance to them. He was known for his selflessness and generous heart. Walt had a profound impact on the lives of his family, friends, and community. He was well loved and will be deeply missed. He is survived by his wife of nearly 56 years, Barbara; children Diana Martin (Sterling), David (Denise), Thomas, Brian (Crystal), Paul, Nancy Lizana (Mauricio), and Emily Lawrence (JD); 18 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Barbara Feathers (Ennis) and Doris Christy (Robin).
He was preceded in death by his father, Ernest Howard Barlow; his mother, Alice Hazel Leggett; his step-father Oscar Earl Leggett; and nephew Michael Brizendine.
A celebration of Walt’s life will be held on Friday, Jan. 10, 2020, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Stansbury Stake Center, 417 Benson Road, Stansbury Park, Utah, in care of Dalton-Hoopes Funeral Home & Cremation Center. 435-884-3031.
In lieu of flowers please consider donating to the American Cancer Society or other charity of your choice. Online condolences and memories may be shared at daltonhoopes.com.