Barry Esplen, 1936 ~ 2013
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Barry lost his battle with cancer. He passed away in his sleep on Friday, April 19, 2013, surrounded by his family.

He is survived by his loving wife, Shirley; son Terry of Tucson (Rebecca); and daughter, Carlyn Davenport (Glenn), of Winnipeg, Canada; grandsons, Brett Davenport, Kevin Davenport, Ezra Esplen and granddaughter, Ashley Esplen; and brother, Brian Esplen of Honolulu Hawaii. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews and a dear family friend, Dianne Smith.

Barry was preceded in death by his mother and father and his brother, Ron.

He was born Aug. 20, 1936, in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, and relocated to the United States in 1975. He ended up traveling and working around the world in such places as South America, New Guinea, Dominican Republic and Indonesia. He also traveled to many other exotic locations, such as Easter Island, Machu Picchu, Australia and New Zealand, to list a few. He leaves behind in his home office many pictures documenting the places he worked and the people he met.

Barry had various hobbies throughout his life. The most extensive was his John Wayne collection. His appreciation of the automobile was very evident in his various endeavors with his collection of vehicles, but the most satisfaction that he got was from helping out other people. We will also have to mention fishing, which was a favorite pasttime he had.

Moab was his home and he loved the area from the first time they visited and enjoyed all the activities that it provided. He took great pride in assisting the Veterans of Foreign Wars by volunteering when needed or requested, particularly placing the crosses and the flags for the fallen veterans on Memorial Day. Barry was still an old fashioned man where individual integrity meant a lot to him. If he told you he was going to do something he tried to make sure he always did. A handshake was still a binding agreement to him.

Barry and Shirley resided in Moab, Utah, for the last 30 years and wintered in Yuma for the last 11. They split their retirement time between traveling and the warm weather of Yuma. The last big adventure they had was a lifetime dream to drive their motorhome to Alaska, and in 2010, they accomplished this over a two-month duration.

Barry will be greatly missed by his family, friends and all the people he touched. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Grand County Hospice of Moab. As per Barry’s wishes no services will be held.

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