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Obituary: Barney, Hilary Blair

Sun., March 18, 2012

Age 70

BARNEY, Hilary Blair

Hilary Blair Barney of Spirit Lake, Idaho went home to his Savior on Thursday, March 8, 2012, after battling pancreatic cancer.

Born January 27, 1942 to Jack and Althea Barney in St. Anthony, Idaho, Mr. Barney attended schools in Boise, Idaho, graduating from Boise High School in 1960.

After graduation he went to Pasadena, California, where he attended Pasadena City College.

In 1960 he joined the U.S. Army and was trained as a Special Agent with Army Intelligence at Fort Holabird, MD near Baltimore, MD.

He received an Honorable Discharge in 1963.

From 1982 until 1995 he continued with the U.S. Army Reserves as a Master Sergeant, Senior Counterintelligence Sergeant with the 319th Military Intelligence Brigade at Fort Lewis, Washington.

From 1995 to the present, he was certified as a Master Instructor with the Department of the Army.

From 1995 to 2002 he was a member of the faculty of the 6th Reserve Forces Intelligence Academy.


Barney was married in 1969 to M. Patricia Maher (Graham) and moved with his family to Seattle in 1971 where he was employed with the U.S. Treasury Department.


Barney had a long and extensive career working as an instructor to law enforcement agencies throughout the Western States, after his retirement from ATF.

In 1993 he moved to Spirit Lake, ID.

Over the years in his travels with his job, he made numerous friends and touched many lives with his generous and considerate nature.

In 1998 Mr. Barney was married to his loving wife Linda (Toler) Barney.

They enjoyed spending time at their home and loved entertaining many guests over the years.

They loved traveling and enjoyed vacations to many places including Hawaii and the Bahamas.

Blair’s favorite holiday was St. Patrick’s Day.

Being a strong Irishman, he felt as if St. Patrick’s Day was a true “national holiday”.

Over many years, the holiday was celebrated with family at their home.

On September 11, 2001, when the World Trade Center was attacked by terrorists, ironically Mr. Barney was teaching a class to law enforcement only a few blocks from Ground Zero.

When the area was evacuated, and during the chaos that ensued, Blair joined hundreds of other people assisting them during the exodus across the Brooklyn Bridge.

Due to his extensive training and strong desire to help his fellow man, Blair was one of the first responders on the scene.


Barney is survived by his wife Linda at the home.

He is also survived by two sons, Blair H. Barney (Stacy) of Hayden, ID, and Joshua M. Barney (Shelley) of Boise, ID; two sisters, Darlene Young (Jerry) Boise, ID, and Collene Williams (Randy) of Boise, ID; granddaughters, Kielene Barney, of North Pole, AK, and Katherine Barney of Hayden, ID and numerous nieces and nephews.

Mr. Barney was preceded in death by both of his parents, and his brother Clyde Barney.

A memorial service celebrating his life will be held March 24, 2012 at the The Salvation Army Kroc Center in Coeur d’Alene, ID at 4:00 p.m.

Memorials may be made to: The Salvation Army, The Shriners, The Wounded Warrior Project, Behind the Badge Foundation, or a charity of your choice.

Please sign Hilary’s guest registry and view online memorial at


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