Larkin Mortuary

Benjamin Jonathan Barker

10/10/1976 - 01/22/2015

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In the early morning hour of January 22, 2015, Heaven gained another angel. Benjamin Jonathan Barker, or Ben as he was known by all who knew him, was born in El Paso, Texas on October 10, 1976. Ben relished in the fact that he was 5 minutes older than his identical twin brother Matt. Ben and Matt did everything together from the day they were born. They were not only brothers but they were the best of friends. Ben was the 3rd child of Leroy and Barbara. He and his siblings Ginny, Roy, Matt and Sharon grew up in the military and lived in several different places growing up, but Ben always considered Centreville Maryland his hometown. Ben moved with his family to Utah in 1991 where he attended Kearns High School before graduating from Hunter High in 1994. Ben was a computer guru and was everyone’s go to guy when they had problems with their computers. In November 2003 Ben became a father to his son, Brendan. To say that he was a devoted father was an understatement. He lived every moment of every day for his son and was so proud of Brendan and how great of a kid he is. Ben spent many years looking for that one special someone who he could call his own. A few short months before his passing he finally found his sweetheart Kim White. They were planning their future together and planned to marry. Ben defined the very essence of the words generous, kind, loving, sincere, and caring. He would often go out of his way to help his friends, neighbors and loved ones as well as perfect strangers. Our hearts are broken and not a day will go by that we won’t think of Ben and strive to live our lives worthy to be with him again. We find comfort in knowing that he is with our Father in Heaven and that he is wrapped in the arms of our Savior and surrounded by those who went before him. We find solace in knowing that Ben is happy, whole and at peace.

Ben is survived by his parents, Barbara (Dale) Dau, Leroy (Sally) Barker, his siblings: Ginny Barker, Roy (Andrea) Barker, Matt Barker, Sharon (Jacob) Crown, and Kristina Barker and David Barker, his son, Brendan, his sweetheart, Kim, as well as 9 nieces and nephews and countless friends, family and loved ones.

Funeral Services for Ben will take place on Friday January 30, 2015 at 12:00 Noon at the Forestview Ward LDS Chapel, 1111 East Charlton Avenue (2818 South) in Salt Lake City, Utah. Viewings will be held on Thursday evening from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Larkin Mortuary, 260 East South Temple, and on Friday morning at the Ward from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. prior to the services. Interment will be at Mt Olivet Cemetery, 1342 East 500 South in Salt Lake City following the funeral services. Please leave online messages and condolences for the family at www.larkinmortuary.com.

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  • I have known Ben since we worked at Famous Daves together. My heart is broken for you and your family, for Matt, for Brendan, and for the many people that will never get to meet such a vibrant and friendly man. He was always willing to help others. He was thoughtful, kind, and compassionate. He also introduced me to several online games that I remain addicted to. (Thanks for that Ben!) I will always have very fond memories of him and will miss him greatly. I know that he is with our Heavenly Father and that he will always be near in spirit. May you and your family find the comfort that you need during this tragedy.

    — Aonika Russell
  • ROY AND ANDREA ,
    I am so sorry to hear about your loss. Prayers go out to you and your family.

    — Bonnie Buckel
  • To Ben’s Family:
    I worked with Ben every day for the past two years. I knew him to be a very hard worker, extremely smart, and so patient. We never met in person as I’m located on the east coast, but we talked daily. I can’t imagine how you all are feeling and am so very sorry for your loss.

    When we weren’t talking about an issue with a client, Ben was talking about Brendan. It was so obvious that he was the light of Ben’s life. Every week consisted of new ideas for what they could do together when he saw him next. He was so, so proud of him.

    Ben was such a helpful person. I would call or IM him freaking out about a technical issue that had come up and he would never hesitate to get on a call with me to help a client. I even had him help me with my home computer when I kept getting kicked off my own wifi!

    I always enjoyed our talks and will miss him very much. All of our clients have expressed their condolences and mentioned how wonderful he was to work with. I wish I could express how deeply sorry I am for your loss and hope that with time, the pain will ease. You all will be in my thoughts and prayers

    — Natalie McKnight