Byron Edwin Barnes was born February 4, 1965, and passed away on January 20, 2013 at age 47. Byron is survived by his beloved son Ben, a twin brother named Myron, and many brothers, sisters, nephews and nieces, aunties and uncles.
Byron was Tlingit and an Alaska native. He was very proud and appreciative of his First Nations culture. He was known as the “Keeper of the Information” because he knew who was related to whom within the First Nations community.
Friends recall Byron as a nice, respectful man with a big heart who loved to read. He loved his friends and was loved by his friends. His generosity and humor left an indelible mark on those who knew him. A friend said of Byron, “That man would give you the shirt off his back, and the last dollar in his pocket for his friends… He made me laugh all the time. He was so goofy.” Byron often greeted friends with a big hug and a “how’s it going?” always taking the time to see how things were.
Featured Leaf January 2014