YAKIMA, Wash. — Clarence Barnett, a longtime member of the Yakima City Council and a retired Army officer, died Friday evening. He was 93.
Barnett died about 6:15 p.m. at the Cottage in the Meadow hospice, said state Rep. Norm Johnson, a family friend who was mayor of Toppenish in the mid-1980s when Barnett was mayor of Yakima.
“I’ve known Clarence forever, it seems like,” Johnson said. “You know, he was such a gentleman. He was the last of that Greatest Generation.”
Barnett served 22 years on the City Council before withdrawing 10 years ago from a re-election bid. He was mayor from 1984-86, one term ahead of longtime council colleague and former mayor Henry Beauchamp, who died in April at age 79.
The son of Dolph Barnett, a Yakima County Superior Court judge, Clarence Barnett served in the Army during World War II and retired as a lieutenant colonel.
His brother, 1st Lt. Dolph Barnett Jr., was killed at Luzon, the Philippines, during WWII.
Barnett is survived by his wife, Lois, two daughters and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
More details will be published in Sunday’s Yakima Herald-Republic.