Larry Grant Barrett September 19, 1937 – January 19, 2022

Celebration of Life


February 19, 2022

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Larry Grant Barrett.

Larry Grant Barrett, aka Bear, passed away January 19, 2022, at the age of 84 after a long and courageous battle with mortality.

It is difficult to convey the impact Larry made upon countless lives. His vision, sacrifice and hard work created Skylark North Glider Flight School, one of the finest soaring operations in the world. He established and has maintained one of the longest continuous contracts with the USAF Test Pilot School. He was a superb aviator, instructor, civil engineer, FAA Designee Examiner, and mentor to many. Working side by side with his wife Jane, they were able to bring his dreams to life. Skylark North Glider Flight School and Mountain Valley Airport are an indelible legacy for a larger-than-life man.

He is survived by his wife, Jane; sister, Bonnie Barrett; daughter, Vicki Cussans and husband Mark; son, Glenn Barrett and wife Tina; 5 grandkids, Kyle Wagner, Alicia Wagner, Reese Grey and his partner, Georgina Lambert, Brittany Aldridge and husband Trevor, Chad Barrett and wife Rachael; and 3 great-grandchildren, Elaina, Chase, and Sierra Barrett.

A celebration of his life will be held Saturday, February 19, at 2 p.m. at Mountain Valley Airport.

An aviation scholarship is being created in his honor. Please contact Jane Barrett, (661) 822-5267 or for more information.

Wood Family Funeral Service has been entrusted with his care. For condolences, please visit Wood Family Funeral Services practice social distancing and wearing face masks/coverings is highly recommended.


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