ForeverMissed
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, James Barrett 74 years old , born on December 3, 1944 and passed away on July 24, 2019. We will remember him forever.
Jim died unexpectedly in his home on July 24, 2019. Jim was a retired federal public defender in the 10th District Court of Appeals, an active member of the Wyoming State Bar, and a lifelong resident of Cheyenne, Wyoming.

Jim is predeceased by his parents, Dr. Francis A. Barrett and Harriett Holland Barrett, granddaughter, McKenna Quast, and his brother, Joseph Barrett. He is survived by his wife, Robyn Barrett, his three children, Lisa Oliver (Brian Oliver) of Broomfield, CO, Amy Martinez (Chad Martinez) of Windsor, CO, and Sean Barrett of Cheyenne WY. 

He is also survived by his brothers and sisters Larry Barrett (Chiang May) Thailand, Mike Barrett (Rebecca Barrett) Austin, TX, Francis Barrett (Linda Barrett) Casper, Wy,  Pat Barrett (Laurie Elwyn) Cheyenne, Wy, Alice Barrett Clement (Mike Clement) Parker, CO, Mary Barrett Orton (Bill Orton) Estes, CO.

Jim was born on Dec 3, 1944 in Washington, D.C. to Frank and Harriett Barrett. He married Robyn Joines in 1966. He graduated from Creighton Law School and was admitted to the Wyoming State Bar in 1973. He began his legal career litigating water rights on behalf of the Attorney General’s Office. Jim went on to become the first Federal Public Defender in the State of Wyoming.  

Jim was an accomplished criminal defense attorney, who loved to engage in a good debate, especially with his family. He was a devoted father and grandfather and he enjoyed traveling with his wife.   He was a dedicated individual who enjoyed politics. He had great pride in his family history, particularly, as he was the grandson of former U.S. Senator, U.S. Congressman, and Governor of Wyoming, Frank A. Barrett.  Jim was passionate about his country and a proud Wyomingite  He was an active and faithful member of St. Mary's Cathedral.

Vigil for the Deceased will be on Tuesday, 6:30 pm at St. Mary’s Cathedral. Funeral Liturgy will be Wednesday, 10:30 am at St. Mary’s Cathedral (2107 Capitol Ave, Cheyenne, WY) with a reception to follow. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Jim’s life. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Comea Shelter of Cheyenne, 1504 Stinson Drive, Cheyenne, WY 82001. 

Please visit www.wrcfuneral.com to send condolences to the family.
Posted by Andrew Garrett on July 29, 2019
I always admired Jim's integrity and love for his family. He and Robyn always made an effort to drive down and visit my family in Colorado despite the fact that we more rarely make the trip up to Wyoming. He fulfilled his duties as the "big brother" of the family with grace and humility. I only wish I had made a better effort to get to know him. Robyn, Sean, Lisa, and Amy, my heart goes out to you all. Know that I will always be there for you, and I look forward to spending more time with you all in the future.
Posted by Tiffany Dyer on July 29, 2019
When I began my career in 2005 with U.S. District Court, Jim Barrett was the first attorney I had any interaction with. He was helpful, kind, funny and made me feel like I was doing a great job. He will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with his family. May all the memories you have bring you comfort during this difficult time.
Posted by Ann Clement on July 29, 2019
Uncle Jim - I have always appreciated how much I gained when I joined this family, and you are certainly at the top of that list. You and Robyn never missed joining us for birthday parties, breakfasts, and parades during Frontier Days - times that will always hold a special place in my heart. Lane, Holland, and Caralie will always remember you fondly. The family has lost a bright smile with you gone, and heaven has certainly gained an angel.
Posted by Rick Williamson on July 26, 2019
Jim and I were contemporaries, and, since 1991, colleagues: Jim in Wyoming, me in Colorado. An ornament to our profession and a lion of the Wyoming Bar, it is difficult to picture a world without him, harder still for his family and many, many friends. My heart goes out to Robyn, the kids, grandkids, siblings, and to everyone who will miss his great heart. I know I will.

Rick Williamson
Posted by Vangie Wadleigh on July 26, 2019
I will never forget this kind and gentle man. When Chris was in law school I remember telling Jim he was struggling with a certain class. His reply was: Tell Chris "D" is the first letter of diploma. Thank you Jim for being real. You touched many lives. 
Posted by Denise Bradshaw on July 25, 2019
I remember when Jim was in law school, how he, Robyn and their kids would come over to visit. It was always a treat. Thank you for such wonderful memories.
May His Perpetual Light Shine Upon Him.
Posted by Debbe Hazelton-Kirkpatric... on July 26, 2019
Robyn, Lisa, Amy, Sean and all of the Barrett family.  I was so sorry to hear about Jim. He was a good, kind man and will be greatly missed.  Please know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers. I wish you peace to bring comfort and courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your heart.   Debbe

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Posted by Andrew Garrett on July 29, 2019
I always admired Jim's integrity and love for his family. He and Robyn always made an effort to drive down and visit my family in Colorado despite the fact that we more rarely make the trip up to Wyoming. He fulfilled his duties as the "big brother" of the family with grace and humility. I only wish I had made a better effort to get to know him. Robyn, Sean, Lisa, and Amy, my heart goes out to you all. Know that I will always be there for you, and I look forward to spending more time with you all in the future.
Posted by Tiffany Dyer on July 29, 2019
When I began my career in 2005 with U.S. District Court, Jim Barrett was the first attorney I had any interaction with. He was helpful, kind, funny and made me feel like I was doing a great job. He will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with his family. May all the memories you have bring you comfort during this difficult time.
Posted by Ann Clement on July 29, 2019
Uncle Jim - I have always appreciated how much I gained when I joined this family, and you are certainly at the top of that list. You and Robyn never missed joining us for birthday parties, breakfasts, and parades during Frontier Days - times that will always hold a special place in my heart. Lane, Holland, and Caralie will always remember you fondly. The family has lost a bright smile with you gone, and heaven has certainly gained an angel.
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Shared by Sadie Clement on July 26, 2019
I first met Jim, along with his lovely wife, Robyn, at Reed's and Marissa's wedding. His prestigious reputation as a federal public defender preceded him, so I was very nervous to meet him. Although I was intimidated by him (in the best way possible, like meeting a lawyer celebrity), he was very kind and absolute pleasure to meet. He attended Kelin's and my wedding, and he welcomed me into the family so graciously. He was already pleased that he had yet another lawyer in the family to debate with! 

Jim and I bonded when he helped me with a legal problem members of my extended family were having earlier this year in California. It was related to an area of law that I was unfamiliar with coupled with the fact that it was in federal court, so I would have been lost without his help. Worried about bothering Jim with my legal problem, Alice encouraged me to send him a copy of the Complaint. I am so glad she did because this allowed me to get to know him better and I am so fortunate to have known him. After he read the Complaint, he called me and had a few phone conversations about it.

He and I talked about the unjust system that my aunt and uncle were facing as small business owners, and he gave me much needed advice to pass along to my extended family. He ranted a bit about his distaste for the legal system in California, often making me laugh at his disdain for my home state. I loved how protective he was over me, my aunt, and uncle, calling the Plaintiff in this case "the scammer". This let me know that he considered me a member of the family now, and he was going to protect what's his! It was such a wonderful feeling. 

After we got off the phone, he devoted his valuable time, without even being asked to do so, to help me solve this legal problem for my family. He and I emailed back and forth and I really enjoyed discussing the issue with him as he was so wickedly smart. He emailed me a few times telling me about the research he had done on the issue, even though I knew how busy he was with his own cases and other life's priorities. What I found so hilarious was he was taking the time out to help me tremendously, and many of his emails started off with comments like "I'm not going to be a pest anymore," and ended with "Now I'll leave you alone", or "Sorry, I'll butt out now."  This showed me the true nature of his humble and generous heart. 

The last time I saw Jim was in May of this year at the Bon Voyage (to Amanda moving to Germany), Birthdays (Mary and Bill), and Graduation (Samantha from Colorado State University) celebration in Estes that Alice and Mike arranged. He made it a point to come over to the booth where I was sitting with little Winston (our 13 year old teacup yorkie) to talk to me about how matters had turned out with my family members in the legal problem that he was helping me with. I remained a little attorney "star struck" with him, so I was a little awkward (who knows if he noticed, if he knew why), but gave him a bit of an update. 

When Kelin and I were leaving Estes, we saw Jim going back into the restaurant from the parking lot. We yelled goodbye, and he came over to the car to tell us goodbye. Before he left, we mentioned something about me taking the Colorado Bar on July 30th and July 31st, and he responded, "You know who would be good for you to hire? Payton." He said this with such pride in his eyes. He was so proud of Payton for going to law school and it was so wonderful to see how proud he was of his granddaughter. I hope Payton and I can work together one day in his honor! 

After he passed, I was sitting around with Alice, Pat, Laurie, Lisa, Kelin, Ryan, and Chad and they were all sitting around telling stories about him. When Lisa was asked to describe things he liked to do, without missing a beat, she emphatically said, "argue!" The way she described him in this way, made me feel like he was the Uncle I never had. I feel so lucky to have met him, and am so sad that his great life has been cut short. Based on the great stories I have heard about him, he truly was a "staple of the Barrett family' as Reed so eloquently put it. I think it's fitting, and even poetic, to mention that Jim signed his name in our "guestbook" at the base of the Tree. 

Rest in Peace, Jim. 

Love, 
Sadie 



Shared by Mary Orton on July 25, 2019
I loved when Jim and Robyn would come to the Stanley.  Sometimes I would be on tour, so they would ask where "Scary Mary" was.  The desk was not allowed to disclose my whereabouts as sometimes it became...well, wierd.  Robyn would wait while Jim hunted me down. Sometimes we would cross paths.  More than once, I ended the tour, only to be told that "Theres some guy looking for you everywhere"  it only happened with Jim........

I miss you, brother.....I'll hunt you down in heaven.  

Your little sister Scary