Gordon “Gordy” Earl Barnett

Sept. 21, 1942 - July 21, 2022


Gordon was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota to Mearle and Lauretta Barnett. With sister Phyllis, who preceded him in death, the family moved to Seattle in 1947. Gordy attended Lincoln High School (Class of '60) and enlisted in the Army in 1966. He was Airborne and a Green Beret. Gordy married his first wife Margaret in 1971with whom he had two children, Daniel and Rebecca.

He joined the Seattle Police Department in March 1966. There he had a varied career including riding motorcycles, performing with the drill team, and was on the vice squad. He retired as a robbery detective in 1993 after remarrying and having a third child, Shelby. He soon moved to Port Townsend and stayed busy in retirement by working commissioned jobs with the Seahawks, Mariners and the DOJ in Albania.

In retirement, he was a proud member of the P.T. Elks chapter, R.A.P. and the Blue Knights. He co-founded the Congress of Retired Police and Sheriff’s, etc. aka CORPSE, with Mel Mefford and JJ Hill. He also worked with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office on cold cases.

In his free time, he enjoyed coaching girls’ basketball and was very involved in middle and high school sports. He was passionate about Formula 1 racing and traveled all over the world to attend races. He loved vacationing in Mexico with his friends and family and made friends everywhere he went. He found great community at Cape George Colony and the daily dog park meet-ups.

He is survived by Geri, his wife of 33 years; son Dan (Michelle); daughter Becca (Jack); and daughter Shelby (Cole).

A celebration of life will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27 at the Port Townsend Elks Lodge.