Sam F. Barone (1920-2005) |

Sam F. Barone (1920-2005)

Longtime Meeker resident and educator Sam F. Barone died May 12, 2005 at his home. He was 84.

Samuel Francis Barone was born Nov. 8, 1920 in Salida, the son of Pete and Joanna (Veltrie) Barone. He was raised on the family farm where he spoke only Italian; he learned to speak English after enrolling in school in Salida. After his graduation from high school, he attended Adams State College, where he received his bachelor of arts and master of arts degrees in secondary education. He served his country in World War II with an overseas tour of duty lasting 43 months.

On Aug. 22, 1948, he was united in marriage to Shirley Cavaliere in Salida. The couple moved to Meeker in January 1951, having been hired mid-year to teach. Barone taught sixth grade for two years and then assumed the role of principal at the junior high. In 1975, he was honored when the junior high was named Barone Junior High School. In addition to his administrative duties, he also coached the junior high football, track and basketball programs. Barone was a beloved leader, mentor and friend to his students and teachers throughout his 30-year career.

After his retirement in 1981, he remained active in Meeker, playing golf, hunting and fishing. He served 14 years as a director of the White River Electric Association and was a member of the Meeker Lions Club as well as Holy Family Church. Barone was an experienced leather craftsman, having taught a leather craft class in the junior high for many years.

In 1989, the Barones purchased a home in Chandler, Ariz., and spent the winters there, volunteering in the classroom of their daughter, Michelle.

In addition to Shirley, his wife of 56 years, Barone is survived by one daughter, Michelle Lopez of Gilbert, Ariz.; four grandchildren, Christina Wolfe, a student at Northern Arizona University, Christopher Wolfe, Monica Lopez and David Lopez, all of Gilbert; two sisters, Lenna (Bob) Finck and Elsie (John) Tancik, all of Salida; one niece, Debbie Galagher of Salida; a and one nephew, John Tancik, Jr., also of Salida.

A funeral was celebrated Monday, May 16, at Holy Family Church with interment in the Highland Cemetery.

Memorial contributions or Masses may be directed to Holy Family Catholic Church through Cochran Memorial Chapel.

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