Robert Joseph "BJ" Barger

1950 ~ 2021

On Sunday July 11th, 2021, Robert Joseph (BJ) Barger, loving husband, and father of one child passed away peacefully at the age of 71.

BJ was born on March 16th, 1950, in Fort Worth, Texas to Andrew Bernard and Mickey Alfred. He attended LSU for pipe design and then had a rewarding career at Exxon Mobile for 20 years. On June 7th, 1980, he married the love of his life, Jo Lynn Lawrence. Together they raised one daughter Heather Grace Lowry (Barger). BJ’s faith was incredibly important to him and on September 26th, 2018, BJ and Jo were sealed together in the Salt Lake City temple.

BJ had a passion for Harley Davidson Motorcycles and could often be seen with friends and family riding all over the country. He loved camping and enjoyed his time being outdoors. He was known for his bigger than life personality, quick wit, infectious smile, and his kind and compassionate spirit.

He was preceded in death by his father Andrew and mother Mickey, brothers Stephen and Montgomery. He is survived by his wife Jo and daughter Heather, brothers: Mark and Jonathan, and sisters: Paula, Sharon, Janet, and Melissa, as well and many nephews and nieces and those that he viewed as family.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that donation be made to the Fischer house of Salt Lake City Utah, a comfort home built for the loved ones of those who are military veterans that are receiving care in a medical environment.


BJ never called me by my first name he always called me Leggette. He was a great husband and father and I’m sorry for your loss. I started working with BJ in 1990. You could always count on BJ no matter how many hours it took to get a job a job finished. One of my best memories was our motorcycle trip to The Harley Museum in Milwaukee and then we rode around Lake Superior in Canada. He kept us laughing the whole trip. He could start a conversation with a total stranger. BJ would give you the shirt of his back and help anyone in need. I will always remember that smile.

- Rick Leggette

Everyone who met BJ, there Life was changed in away. He had that infective smile and laughter. Until we meet Again my friend!!!! Love you Brother!!!!

- Francis R Gros [Plugga]

I am so sorry for you and family n my prayers and thoughts .

- Charlotte E Lites

BJ was a very good friend of mine back in the 70s and 80’s. BJ and Monty lived with my family for a short time. So sorry to hear of his passing.

- Jerry Gremillion

BJ was family to Leo and I. We have many memories of trips and good times with him and his family. Many memories of holidays spent with the family. We will miss him terribly but know he is no longer suffering and in a better place.

- Leo & Mary Anne Hand

I so sorry to hear my old friend has died. Jo , I wish so much that you would “COME BACK HOME”.

- Dale Adams