James  Barnes
James "Jim" Barnes, of Saratoga, California, passed away peacefully after a brief illness on January 22, 2020. He was 83.
Born in Mercedes, Texas, on January 7, 1937, to James C. Barnes Sr. and Anne (Traugott) Barnes, Jim graduated from Harlingen High School, and later attended and graduated from Oklahoma State University, where he would meet his future wife, Lindrith Marxsen, of McAlester. After their wedding in 1960, Jim and Lindy began building a family, and he embarked on a long and satisfying career in aviation and command positions with the United States Navy.
In the navy, Jim fulfilled his childhood dreams of sea-based aviation in coastal patrol aircraft and as a carrier qualified pilot. He enlisted in the naval reserve in 1954, while still in high school and continued his active reserve participation while attending Oklahoma State University. Upon graduation in 1960, he entered the Aviation Officer Candidate Program and was commissioned in 1961 and designated a naval aviator in 1962. Later assigned to Patrol Squadron 42 at Naval Air Station North Island, San Diego, California, he flew the P-5M Marlin seaplane and later the P-2V Neptune. In 1968 following two WestPac deployments, Jim served as an advanced instrument and carrier qualification instructor at NAS Corpus Christi, Texas. In 1969 he was assigned to the USS Kitty Hawk (CVA-63) as a catapult and arresting gear officer for another two WestPac deployments. In 1971 he returned to Moffett Field for training in the P-3B Orion and joined Patrol Squadron 19 a year later where he served as assistant operations officer, training and safety officer. In 1974, following two WestPac deployments with VP-19 to Okinawa, Jim was assigned as aircraft maintenance and logistics officer on the staff of Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Forces, Seventh Fleet in Kami Seya, Japan. His wife and children would join him on this deployment, providing the family a wealth of experiences that would long be remembered. In 1978 he returned again to NAS Moffett where he was assigned to the Naval Air Reserve Center serving as training director and later as executive officer. In 1980 he became commanding officer of NAF Midway Island and director of Midway Island Wildlife Refuge for the Department of the Interior. Jim concluded his naval career at NAS Moffett as officer in charge of fleet aviation training.
His military decorations include multiple awards of the Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal, Navy Achievement Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal (seven awards), various commendations and service medals. He spent 24 years with the U.S. Navy, and six years in the Naval Reserve rising in rank from E-1 Seaman Recruit, to Commander.
After a successful career as a naval officer, he served aviation again as a system safety consultant at NASA's Ames Research Center wind tunnel testing facility, the largest in the world. It was there he called upon his decades of aviation, training and safety experience to benefit a variety of commercial and military aircraft development programs. Jim's calm, instructional demeanor and leadership qualities were recognized as helping mentor the next generation of world-class aviation test facility professionals. Upon retirement, he enjoyed staying current with news, technology and watching Oklahoma State Football with his beloved wife and fellow alumni, Lindy. Jim was a member of the Tau Kappa Epsilon college fraternity.
While impossible to summarize his unique attributes, much could be learned about Jim through his interactions with people and animals. His thoughtful, even-tempered and kind disposition was attractive to people and dogs - any dog, and certainly his own. His laugh was quick, as were his responses to people in need. Jim set clear expectations with his children, who made him proud of their accomplishments as good citizens and valued professionals. Jim served his country honorably in time of peace and conflict, and was forever moved emotionally when singing the national anthem. He admired his naval comrades of the Tailhook Association, whom he looked upon as people of extraordinary quality and commitment. He was close friends with many of the nation's greatest military aviators. But he was most impressed by and forever appreciative of how his wife, Lindy, managed and led the family in his absence while actively deployed overseas - oftentimes for agonizing durations that only military families can understand.
He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Lindy Barnes, of Saratoga, California; son, Kevin and Mariana Barnes, of Santa Cruz, California; daughter, Mandy and Tim Nelson, of Reno, Nevada; grandchildren, Brandon and Briana Barnes; brother, Robin Barnes, and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Memorial contributions may be made to Wounded Warrior Project, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund or Alzheimer's Association.
Published on January 30, 2020

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CAPT Charles Rader, U.S. Navy - Reserve Component, Retired
Feb 11, 2020
Lindy,

I was saddened to read of Jim’s passing in this past Sunday’s Mercury News. Having served under Jim during my three years at FASOTRAGRUPAC Detachment Moffett, I can tell you unequivocally that Jim was absolutely one of my very favorite commanding officers...and I had many, many commanding officers during my thirty-year active duty Navy and Naval Reserve career. He was always a calm and steady leader, willing to listen, mentor, and provide sound judgment in all decisions. He certainly gave me a tremendous amount of latitude by allowing me to serve both as an instructor at FASO Moffett while also doing adjunct instructor duties on the Commander, Patrol Wings Pacific Tactical Traini
...ng Team. I last saw Jim about eight years ago at an event at the Moffett Field Historical Museum on base. We reminisced about the “good old days” at Moffett, when there was constant activity in the hangars and on all of the squadron flight ramps around the base…wonderful memories!

I will cherish the memories of my time serving under Jim and want you to know what a tremendous positive impression Jim made on one young junior officer that served under his outstanding leadership.

My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of loss,
Chuck Rader

Fleet Aviation Specialized Operational Training Group Pacific Detachment Moffett Field: 1981 – 1984

former Commanding Officer, Patrol Squadron 91 (VP-91); NAS Moffett Field, CA: 1994-1995
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CAPT Charles Rader, USN - Reserve Component, Retired
Feb 11, 2020
Lindy,

I was saddened to read of Jim’s passing in this past Sunday’s Mercury News. Having served under Jim during my three years at FASOTRAGRUPAC Detachment Moffett, I can tell you unequivocally that Jim was absolutely one of my very favorite commanding officers...and I had many, many commanding officers during my thirty-year active duty Navy and Naval Reserve career. He was always a calm and steady leader, willing to listen, mentor, and provide sound judgment in all decisions. He certainly gave me a tremendous amount of latitude by allowing me to serve both as an instructor at FASO Moffett while also doing adjunct instructor duties on the Commander, Patrol Wings Pacific Tactical Traini
...ng Team. I last saw Jim about eight years ago at an event at the Moffett Field Historical Museum on base. We reminisced about the “good old days” at Moffett, when there was constant activity in the hangars and on all of the squadron flight ramps around the base…wonderful memories!

I will cherish the memories of my time serving under Jim and want you to know what a tremendous positive impression Jim made on one young junior officer that served under his outstanding leadership.

My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of loss,
Chuck Rader

Fleet Aviation Specialized Operational Training Group Pacific Detachment Moffett Field: 1981 – 1984

former Commanding Officer, Patrol Squadron 91 (VP-91); NAS Moffett Field, CA: 1994-1995
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Rich and Shirl Rollins
Feb 07, 2020
Jim was a very special friend and we are so glad we were able to visit with him and Lindy two years ago. He will be missed. Thoughts, prayers and hugs to Lindy, Kevin and Mandy and families.
Robert Fong
Feb 05, 2020
As a young engineer at NASA’s Largest Wind Tunnel I got to know Jim Barnes. He taught me lot about system safety, leadership and life. I will miss you and our lunches at the Mongolian BBQ place in Mtn View. Thank you for your mentor ship and your friendship. Rest In Peace.