Wayne Paul Barrett, age 64, a Concrete, Washington resident, passed away April 29, 2023, in a car accident. He was born in Malta, Montana to Wayne Lee and Arlene Rachel (Rustad) Barrett. He spent much time on his family’s ranch and referred to it as the best times of his life; the place he always called “home.”
Wayne graduated from Great Falls High School in 1976; received his bachelors in industrial arts from Northern Montana University. During his time in college, he was part of the wrestling team. Then he went on to receive his masters in education. Wayne spent many years at Pasco High School as a shop teacher. One of his greatest accomplishments was building jet boats with the students. He then went on to be Pasco High School vice principal, then to Kiona Benton High School principal, then to Omak alternative school principal and shop teacher where he brought back the legacy of his boats. Finally, he finished his career as Concrete School District superintendent. Mr. Barrett was a huge part of so many students, and fellow peers’ lives whom he loved dearly. During this time, he influenced many kids through his many years coaching wrestling and baseball.
During his time in Pasco, he started the well-known Sand and Sage Retriever Club. He went on to run hunt tests and then field trials. His dogs meant the world to him and many of which were Master Hunters and Qualified all age dogs. Many of his greatest friends came from this world and some of his greatest memories of running dogs with his daughter, Kamela were shared. A few years ago, Wayne started to get back into the dogs when he and his daughter got labs again. He was very excited to retire and start this adventure again.
Wayne was a beloved educator, principal, superintendent, father and most of all, grandfather. Secondary to his family, Wayne had a great love for all people and students he came across. Many knew him as stern but loving. He was always the first to help someone in need. Wayne was so excited to retire and get back to all the things he loved the most; hunting and family.
He is survived by his daughters, Jene LaCroix and Kamela Kraemer and son in law, Josh Kraemer; son, Seth Barrett; brother, Scott Barrett and sister in law, Lisa Barrett; sister, Kim Blunn and brother in law, Jim Blunn; grandchildren, Morgan, Dominic, Chloe, Avery, Mason, Reghan, Jennavecia, Max, Ellie, Micah and Kasey.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Wayne and Rachel Barrett.
If Wayne or Mr. Barrett touched your life in any way, we would love for you to come and celebrate his life well lived on Saturday, June 17, 2023 at the Sunset Gardens Tri-Cities Washington at 1:00pm. Share your memories of Wayne and sign the online guest register.
Wayne was a good man and one hell of a fisherman. I remember the first time we fished the mouth of the yakima and the trip where we boated 17 salmon on 2 boats in 1 day. He was very passionate for the outdoors and his family. Gonna miss him and his sense of humor. Sorry for your family loss.
I met Wayne in the 90’s with the sand and sage retriever club and most recently looked him up ad got his advice on an issue I was having with a new pup. Wayne was a good man and I am sorry to hear of his passing and for your family’s loss. What a tragedy. Wayne has touched lots of lives. may God bless Wayne and your family.
Wayne was family for so many years. It pains our hearts to know the fact that his life was cut short. He will live in our memory. We are at a loss for words, please know that we are thinking of him and praying for peace and comfort for his family.
He was a wonderful mentor and a wonderful metal shop teacher he was my metal shop teacher at Pasco high school in 1998 he tough me a lot of thing I didn’t know about welding he was a wonderful person and he was the first person to show me how to weld on a piece of aluminum me and him welded a piece of aluminum on a aluminum boat we were building for Pasco high school to sell this was the first aluminum boat I ever made he taught me a lot I was glad he was my metal shop teacher he was the best teacher I will dearly miss this man I love him with all my heart and soul Mr Barrett will be dearly miss by me so sad to hear that my favorite mentor is gone I went to Pasco high school from 1998 2001
It is with heavy heart that I hear of this news. Wishing you all peace in this time of great sorrow. I’m so saddened to know the hardship your family is going through, and I want to offer my sincere condolences and support.
I will remember him fondly—he was truly one of a kind. Wayne was a
successful superintendent, and one of the really good people in this business. He had a big heart for kids, a firm handshake, and a hearty laugh. I’m going to miss him.
Wayne was not only my boss but also a very good friend. I feel honored to have spent the last 6 years with him at Concrete, and I will miss our daily interactions and fishing trips greatly. I feel fortunate to have so many memories that I will treasure forever! Jene’ Kamela, Seth, and family – I am so very sorry for your loss. Your dad will really be missed!!
I hope the angels know what they have. May your journey continue on the other side. Rest easy now.
It has been a joy getting to know and partner with Wayne as educators and eventually as friends. We appreciated and accepted each other’s ideas and beliefs. I will miss him.
Sending my heartfelt condolences to all. Wayne was a driving force in our educational community. His heart for his district and the children he served will be greatly missed. He was always available to support others to help them be successful in their careers and with children in districts. I will greatly miss his presence.
Wayne was one of the truly good ones. I always appreciated his friendship and professional collegiality. I’ll miss him.
Oh Wayne was like a big Brother to me !! He was hard working and so sweet!!! So much like his Dad Wayne also!!! I am so sorry to hear
Of his passing way too soon!! Much love to Kim and Scotty…..I know your hearts are broken 😞!!! As mine is as well !!!! Oh gosh Wayne you will be so missed Love Trina
The Barrett family was my second family as a kid growing up in MT. Wayne and Scott are the brothers I never had and Kim my 6th sister. Their parents my 2nd mom and dad, we had so much fun camping with them all summer long at Holland Lake.
Much sadness. Love and prayers to the entire family.
Stacey Froehlich McMillan
Part of Fredy and Marsolee Froehlich’s girls ~ I have literally know the Barrett’s my entire life. I will miss Wayne and thought of the Barrett’s as honorary brothers and sister. I love you all and am sending peace and love 💗
Praying for your family.💕