Today we say good-bye to our beloved father, grandfather, brother-in-law, uncle and friend, Aaron Vincent Barson, Sr., age 83.

He returned to his Heavenly home on Feb. 27, 1998. Born to Dennie Burdell Barson and Anna Elizabeth Rasmussen on Dec. 19, 1914 in Clarkston, UT, he was the last of their four children. He was a resident of Clarkston for 71 years. The last 12 years of his life were spent in Cottonwood Heights near his children.He graduated from North Cache High School where he was an excellent student and an aspiring athlete. He attended Utah State University. He married Margaret H. Miller on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 24, 1938. They moved into the new home Aaron had built in Clarkston during their courtship and started their family life together. Aaron and Margaret were blessed with nine children and the Barson household was always full of laughter, friends, family and good times. He loved his children and had a special place in his heart for his daughters-in-law, sons-in-law, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Aaron was a successful farmer and rancher, owning land in Utah and Idaho. Later he became involved in the mineral and oil exploration business. Our dad was a very independent, hard working, and responsible person. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, sports, gardening, family parties, cooking on the outdoor grill, and building anything with his hands. He was a handyman of the highest order and worked in his yard and around his home to make it comfortable and attractive. Dad was devoted to his family and never tired of helping us out with advice and suggestions to make our lives better.

He is survived by two daughters and six sons: Beverly Hunt, Virgina Oliver, Lyle (Janice), Dr. Aaron Jr. (Kathleen), Harold (Vivian), Larry (Irene), Ralph (Cheryl) and Terrance Barson. He is also survived by 21 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, many nieces, nephews, and extended family members. He was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret; son, Vincent; grandson, Steven; parents; brothers, Harold and Rudger, sister, Veda; and son-in-law, Bill Oliver.

The family wishes to thank the staffs at Cottonwood Hospital, Healthsouth and Crossland Care Center for the care they gave our dad.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, March 3, 1998 at 11 a.m. at Goff Mortuary Chapel, 8090 South State, Midvale, Utah. Friends and family may call from 7-8 p.m. on Monday evening and Tuesday one hour prior to the service. Interment in the Clarkston Cemetery at 3 p.m.