A funeral for Jack (Jackie) Edward Barnett, 55, who died Nov. 6, 2008, at St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction, will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday in Dixon, Wyo. Jackie was born Jan. 9, 1953, in Spearfish, S.D., to Jack and Marlys Barnett.
Jackie was country raised in the foothills of the Black Hills of South Dakota. During his time in South Dakota, he worked on the family dairy and as a mechanic, but his true love was playing in a band.
In 1980, he relocated to Wamsutter, Wyo., where he worked in the oilfield and the Wyoming Department of Transporation. After his father's passing, he relocated to Dixon, Wyo., to help his mother operate The Dixon Club. Jackie spent the remainder of his life operating the Dixon Club and playing music with Jack Barnett and Down Home Country Band.
Jackie filled his life and the lives of many others with his music. Jackie played in his father's band, The Blue Diamonds, for many years before he formed his own band, Down Home Country Band. He always entertained people with the songs he wrote, the songs he sang, and with the numerous instruments he played. He was a true entertainer.
Jackie is survived by his wife, Lilly, of Bend Ore.; four daughters, Kody Barnett, of Vernal, Utah, L'Oreal Barnett -Podzimek, of Ludlow, S.D., Jaclyn Hanson, of Grand Junction, and Carmen Barnett, of White Fish, Mont.; son Jack Weldon (JW) Barnett, of Aromas, Calif.; two sisters, Sandy (Sherrill) Stearns, of Belle Fourche, S.D., and Laurie (Cubby) Harrison, of Dixon, Wyo.; brother, Tim (Christine) Barnett; and seven grandchildren, Derek Wilkerson, Dolton Wynatt, Skyler and Kylie Hanson and Sam and Sadie Podzimek.
Jackie is playing his bass guitar with the ones who have passed before: parents, Jack and Marlys Barnett, and his daughter, Lorelei Barnett. His music will continue to touch the hearts of many.