On Valentine’s Day in 1981, the world was gifted with a good soul and a big heart. Barry Alan Absek continued to spread his kindness, becoming known for his endless smiles and big high hugs.
Born in Exeter, New Hampshire, he was the firstborn of loving and loving parents, Cindy and Mark Absek. In 1999, Barry graduated from Kellogg High School. During his stay at Kellogg, he was very fond of athletics, especially playing as a defender of the football team and central to the basketball team. From an early age it was clear that Barry loved coaching and had the ability to lead. Barry would become a patient teacher with a servant heart.
If you knew anything about Barry, you knew he LOVES Boise! He enjoyed every minute of his time at Boise State University. He graduated from BSU in 2006 with a degree in kinesiology combined with an emphasis on primary education. Trips to BSU games and participation in NCAA tournaments will continue to be a long-awaited experience with family and friends.
In 2007, Barry moved to California to begin teaching in elementary school. As a child at heart, he moved naturally. As noted through the immeasurable memories of their beloved teacher, Barry has positively impacted the lives of many students over his 15 years of study. Barry felt particularly fortunate to teach and coach the track at Onaga Primary School in Marongo School District, as well as other opportunities for basketball training. During his coaching career, Barry coached junior boys, boys and girls of the University at Joshua Springs Christian School. Barry also enjoyed coaching youth basketball in the Yucca Valley. Most recently, Barry was excited to coach the Junior High Boys basketball team at the Palmdale Learning Plaza for the Palmdale School District.
When it came to learning, Barry held a special place in his heart for people with disabilities, especially for students with hearing impairments. He had an equally generous heart to the elderly with a wide variety of needs. He was honored by the Hi-Desert Boys and Girls Club as Volunteer of the Year, recognizing his passion and extraordinary efforts in teaching and coaching.
Only 36 years old Barry found and married the love of a lifetime, Amy Campbell. Both were surprised by Cupid’s arrow and thought everyone was worth the wait. They were united by a great love for sports, teaching and coaching. Love for the family was also at the heart of their marriage, so much so that they preferred to visit the family during the holidays.
Unfortunately, Barry’s life was too quickly taken away by a tragic car accident. With a broken heart you can feel the brighter light from the sky. Barry’s presence will be sorely missed, but his impressions of this land will continue to resonate with family, friends, students and colleagues throughout their lives.
Barry leaves this life and his wife Amy Campbell; parents, Cindy and Mark Absek; sister Jennifer Absek; paternal grandmother, Barbara Absek; grandmother, Doris Campbell; also grandparents who loved him very much, Helena and Eugene Zelmaeri; mother-in-law, Lisa Campbell; sister and brother-in-law, Megan and Joey Martinez; nephews, Zachary and Xavier Martinez. Also, Rene Wright. Barry leaves many aunts, uncles and cousins who loved him so much. Barry was preceded by the death of his paternal grandfather, Joe Absek; maternal grandparents, Jonah and Jay Huber; grandfather James Campbell and father-in-law Arly Campbell.
Funeral Mass at Bari will be held on Saturday, February 26, 2022, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Rita Catholic Church in Kelog, and Father Jerome Montes will serve as the celebrant. After the services at Kellogg Elks there will be a reception and meeting of family and friends. Barry’s final resting place will be near the Absec family cabin, where he spent many days camping and fishing on the lake. The Rosary and Mass were also held for Barry in China Hills, California.
“Well done good and faithful servant.” Matthew 25:23
The family believes that memorials can be made to the charity of the Donor’s choice.
Memories of Barry and his family’s condolences can be expressed online at www.shoshonefuneralservice.com. Shoshone’s funeral services, Kellogg, help the Absek family with arrangements.
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