Rick Barrett, lifelong resident of Bellingham, died March 13, 2022 after a recent diagnosis of cancer. Son of Donald and Zynaga “Butch” Barrett, Rick graduated from Sehome High School in 1970 and married his high school sweetheart, Rhonda (Gibb), in 1975.
With his own construction company, Rick built and remodeled houses for many years. He loved the outdoors. He boated, crabbed, golfed, biked, and skied — all as a self-taught naturalist. Rick was a longstanding member of the Mt Baker Ski Patrol and an accomplished waterskier from his childhood home on Lake Whatcom. He became an avid rockhound and a proud member of the Mt Baker Rock and Gem Club, spreading joy and beauty in the form of polished rock to friends, relatives, and strangers alike. His grandkids, nieces and nephews will forever treasure “RickRocks”.
Rick had an amazing, innate ability to devise and assemble a solution to nearly any mechanical need. Using wood and rocks, from houses to treehouses, furniture to boats, Rick could build it, fix it, and re-imagine it.
He is survived by wife Rhonda, daughter Megen (David) Wright, son Bryan Barrett, granddaughters, Ashlynn and Nora, who were the joy of his life, and his sisters, Jacki Maruska and Donna Johnson.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Mt Baker Rock and Gem Club.
Please join us in remembering Rick at a Celebration of Life open house on Fri. March 25, 2022 from 1:30 – 3:30 pm at the Squalicum Boathouse in Bellingham.
Please share your memories of Rick in his online guestbook.
Celebration of Life
- Date & Time: March 25, 2022 (1:30 PM - 3:30 PM)
- Venue: Squalicum Boathouse
- Location: 2600 N Harbor Loop Dr Bellingham, WA 98225 - (Get Directions)