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Barry James Hurt February 8, 1947 — October 31, 2019

Barry “Jim” Hurt was born in Wichita, Kansas to Robert and Bonnie Hurt and was the second of three sons. The family moved to San Diego and purchased a home on Sunset Cliffs where all three boys grew up. Jim graduated from Point Loma High in 1965 and went on to San Diego State where he earned a degree in biology in 1972.

He married Patricia Walmsley and they had four children: Michelle, Kathleen, Ian, and Danielle. The marriage ended in 1987. Jim worked for 30 years as a laboratory technician for Mesa College, City College and Grossmont College in the areas of biology, chemistry and physics.

In 1994, Jim married Darla Newman and they began their life together in San Diego which lasted for a total of 34 years. During their life together they traveled a lot, and fell in love with Central Oregon as far back as 1988. With every visit he would say, “We have GOT to move up there. It’s beautiful, peaceful and the perfect representation of God’s country.” After Darla retired they began to seriously think about relocating. The Sisters area was particularly compelling so that is where they focused their search. They purchased a home in Sisters in December 2018 and moved in on January 7, 2019. Just in time for the big snow dump!

Jim passed away from cardiovascular complications on October 31, after a routine surgery. He is survived by his wife, Darla; her three children: Darren, Cassandra, and Danielle; his four children; 11 grandchildren: Randall, Kristal, Nicholas, Tiffany, Joshua, Timothy, Christopher, Anastasia, William, Michael, and Jonathan; and his only surviving brother, Robert Hurt.

He will be remembered for his dry sense of humor, his passionate interest in all things science, his love of science fiction/fantasy books as well as his abiding love for his family. He can now enjoy his rest with his parents; brother, Tim; grandson, Joey; and his beloved Yorkie, Woogie. We imagine he is now “Fine as frog’s hair”.Barry “Jim” Hurt was born in Wichita, Kansas on February 8, 1947 and died in Sisters, Oregon on October 31, 2019.

He is survived by his wife, Darla Newman; children Michelle Hurt, Kathleen Hurt, Ian Hurt and Danielle Clayton; grandchildren William, Michael, and Johnathan Codianne; brother, Robert Hurt; and many nieces and nephews.

Contact family members for memorial information.


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