Funeral services for Dr. Louis Carl Barrett to be held at the Bozeman LDS Church
- Saturday, January 6, 2018 at 11:00am
- LSD Church, 2915 Colter Ave., Bozeman, MT
Dr. Louis Carl Barrett, former head of the MSU Math Department, passed away Dec. 22. The following is his obituary as published in the Bozeman Daily Chronicle.
Dr. Louis Carl Barrett passed away at age 93 on Friday, 22 December 2017, in Phoenix, Arizona after a prolonged battle with serious illness. He was head of the MSU Math Department for many years and was co-author of two Advanced Engineering Math books for McGraw-Hill. Born in Salt Lake City, Utah to John T. Barrett and Louise Matilda Dahl; his mother passed away in childbirth. He was raised by his father and step-mother, Minnie (Anderson) Barrett – the youngest child with three sisters and four brothers, all preceding him in death. He attended Granite High School graduating as valedictorian in 1942. In World War II, he served in the Big Red 1 Army Division and graduated Officer Training School in France in 1945. He returned to Utah in 1946 where he met the love of his life, Betty Grist, and married her in the Salt Lake LDS temple in June, 1947. They celebrated 70 years of marriage last June.
Louis attended the University of Utah majoring in Mathematics. After receiving his Master’s Degree, his principal professor, Dr. C. Ray Wiley, took the family to Holloman Air Base, New Mexico. There Louis studied for his PhD under some key scientists from Peenemunde, Germany where V1 and V2 rockets were invented. Louis was a true rocket scientist and contributed significantly to the orbital space program and a number of rocketry systems, primarily for the Navy. Louis was head of the math departments at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, Rapid City, South Dakota; Clarkson College of Technology, Potsdam, New York; and Montana State University, where he retired.
An active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Louis served as a District President in the Black Hills of South Dakota, as a Bishop of the Bozeman Ward and later as Stake Patriarch. He touched many lives for good. Louis loved sightseeing, photography, fishing, gardening, a good steak, chocolate-pineapple milk shakes and watching old movies with his wife and friends. He is survived by his wife Betty, Bozeman; son Lee (Judy), West Point, Utah; daughter Linda (Terry) Stokes, Riverdale, Utah; daughter Lori (Mitch) Prause, Peoria, Arizona; daughter Louise (Mark) Kingston, Corvallis, Montana plus 17 grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren. A Celebration of Life will be held in his honor on Saturday, 6 January 2018 at the Bozeman LDS Church, 2915 Colter Ave., at 11 a.m. Please join us.
- University Communications