Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Matthew C. Barrie

Matthew C. Barrie, 47, passed away March 2, 2009, in Boise, Idaho.

Matthew was born Nov. 26, 1961, in Santa Monica, Calif., the son of (late) George Barrie IV and Carolina W Barrie. He was the youngest of six siblings.

He spent his childhood years in Santa Monica as well as in Del Mar, Calif., with many family vacations spent in Sun Valley.

He attended Lawrenceville Preparatory School near Princeton, N.J., and went on to University of Arizona, Tucson.

He had a great love for the ocean and great connection to nature in general. He was happiest on any adventure outdoors, whether it was the mountains that surround our beautiful valley, the wilderness in Montana where he lived or the pounding surf in Baja, Mexico.

While nature played a great role in Matthew's life, his truest and greatest love was his daughter, Marinna. She brought a happiness to his life that he had not known before, love for a daughter in its purest form. He spent the 12 years he had with her teaching her about the ocean—its wonders, its dangers and its creatures, and how to build sandcastles. He taught her about animal tracks in Montana, and all of the wildlife that exists in the mountains. He shared with her his knowledge of American Indians and their beliefs, and he shared with her his love for adventure in far-off places. She truly was the center of his universe, his angel, his life-driving force.

He is survived by his daughter, Marinna Barrie of Ketchum, Idaho; his mother, Carolina Barrie, of Santa Monica, Calif., his brother, Winston Barrie of Los Angeles, Calif.; his sister, Christine Barrie of Bellevue, Idaho; his sister Maria Barrie of Pacific Palisades, Calif., his brother, Juan Barrie of San Clemente, Calif., and his former wife, Shauna Barrie of Ketchum.

He was preceded in death by his father, George Barrie IV, and his sister Louisa Barrie.

"You are the warrior, you have ridden alongside my friends here into battle, you have also felt their love and caring when you were wounded or lonely; ride alongside of them, for now they are in this, the hardest battle of their life, the battle for inner peace. Now is the time for you to care for them.

May the Great Spirit watch over you, and may you be at peace." (Lakota prayer)

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