Jason R. Barnard, 52, Elbow Lake, MN, died unexpectedly, Friday, August 11, 2023, in Lake Region Hospital, Elbow Lake, MN.
Born on September 14, 1970, in Fargo, ND, to Dwight and Mary (McIntosh) Barnard, Jason brought joy and warmth to the lives of those around him. The family moved to Colorado during his younger years, Jason graduated from Rangeview High School in Aurora, CO. He worked at 7-11 Convenience Store during his high school days before joining DeLine Box Company. Eager to expand his knowledge and expertise, he returned to school to obtain a Computer Service Technician Certificate. Afterward, Jason found fulfillment working as an electrician for Encore Electric in Denver, CO, and Cheyenne, WY, and became a journeyman electrician.
In 2021, Jason made a home for himself and his son Noah in Elbow Lake, MN. He took great pride in being a journeyman electrician at Vinco Electric.
Jason cherished being a devoted father to his two sons: William "Billy" and Noah. The most cherished moments for him were spent fishing and camping with his boys or engaging in any form of friendly competition. Whether it was card games, darts, chess, or video games with his kids - Jason's competitive spirit never wavered. His love for outdoor activities extended to camping as well. Music also held a special place in his heart; he enjoyed playing his guitar whenever he could find the time. Furthermore, he possessed a talent for woodworking and devoted many hours to perfecting projects. His classic Camaro was one such project that received much attention from him. And when football season rolled around each year, Jason could be found cheering passionately for his favorite teams.
Those closest to Jason have fond memories of his unique qualities. His parents often marveled at his ability to put the "pro" in procrastination; however, when Jason devoted himself to a project, he always delivered exceptional results. Jason had a reputation for his warm bear hugs that embraced others with genuine affection. He possessed an unwavering sense of justice and fairness and was known for standing up for those less fortunate. Jason had a heart that loved unconditionally and offered countless second and third chances.
Rooted in a deep and unwavering faith in God, Jason inspired that same faith in his boys.
Jason will be remembered and missed by his sons, William “Billy” Murillo, and Noah Barnard; his parents, Dwight (Mary) Barnard; brother, James Barnard; uncle, William Barnard; and aunt, Norma Barnard.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Marian (Wenger) McIntosh, Robert McIntosh, Phyllis Knutson Barnard, William Barnard, and Uncle, William McIntosh.