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1933 - 2019
HERBERT H. BARRIS Herbert H. Barris, passed away April 17, 2019. He was born in Atoka, Okla. in 1933, the youngest of 13 children. Herb was a 42-year resident of Pahrump. Herbert met Bonnie in Clovis, N.M. and were married for 66 years. Herb started working as a brakeman at the Kennecott Copper Mine in Santa Rita, N.M. He then went on to work as a lineman for Mountain Bell Telephone in Santa Fe, N.M. He transferred to Nevada Bell in Las Vegas in 1964 where he worked as a lineman, then supervisor for Southern Nevada. Herb and his crew put the first phone lines into and around Pahrump in the late '60's, and also out at the Nevada Test Site. After 30+ years, he retired from Nevada Bell. Herb was never one to sit still, so after retiring he drove trucks for Wulfenstein Construction, and then earned a second retirement working 15 years as a bus driver for Death Valley Unified School District. Upon that retirement, he drove trucks for Don Wayne Trucking. Herb and Bonnie also owned Saddle West along with Ron & Charlotte Floyd in the early '70's. When Herb wasn't working, he loved to ride his Harley Davidson Electra Glide motorcycle. He went on many rides across country with fellow riders. Herb became a Rodeo dad when his youngest children started rodeoing. He was a Rodeo announcer for many years at local & southern Nevada rodeos. He was a director for the Pahrump Chamber of Commerce, and was responsible for bringing the first PRCA Rodeo to Pahrump. He also established the first High school Rodeo Club at PVHS along with his daughter Anna as directors. Herb not only hauled his own kids to the rodeos, but many other rodeo kids as well. Herb bowled along with his wife & family on various bowling leagues at the Pahrump Nugget. Herbert was preceded in death by his parents, Ludlow & Bertha Barris; his beloved wife Bonnie; loving son, Duane Herbert. He is survived by daughters, Diana Stevens (John) and Anna Fanning (Mark); daughter-in-law , Rocio Barris (Duane); seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and sisters, Mary Lou Griswald and Sybil White; and many great nieces & nephews. Herb is dearly loved and will be greatly missed by family and many friends. Services will be held at the Grandview Cemetery, 5441 S. Vicki Ann Rd, in Pahrump on Sat. Apr. 27, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. A Celebration of Life to be held immediately following at the Pahrump Community Church Multi-purpose Building, 1061 E. Wilson & West Streets. Family requests donations may be made to the Nathan Addelson Hospice.
Published in Pahrump Valley Times on Apr. 26, 2019
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