Let the memory of Jim be with us forever.
  • 74 years old
  • Born on December 3, 1944 in Washington, District of Columbia, United States.
  • Passed away on July 24, 2019 in Cheyenne, Wyoming, United States.
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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