DeBarbieri,  Michael

From his brother, Lamont DeBarbieri, Michael DeBarbieri was born on April 27th, 1961, at Mary's Help Hospital in San Francisco to Bernice and Angelo DeBarbieri. The fact that he was born in San Francisco and not Marin County California, the location of the family home, twenty miles north, was due to the sheer will and determination of his mother, Bernice DeBarbieri. It was her wish that Michael be able to call himself a native San Franciscan like his older brother LaMont, and as it turned out, Michael was born in the same hospital and delivered by the same doctor as his brother. Mission accomplished. Growing up in the Bay Area is where Michael developed his lifelong love affair with San Francisco's sports teams, the Golden State Warriors, the 49ers, and his beloved San Francisco Giants. In 1975 Michael attended Drake High School in Marin County California. He played defensive tackle for Drake's football team and scored a touchdown on a fumble recovery in a game against Tamalpias High School in helping the Drake Pirates to the Co-Championship. The family moved to Oregon in 1976, while his brother LaMont remained in The Bay Area. From his ex-wife Sherry Debarbieri, in 1980 Michael met Sherry Smallwood-Bryant through mutual friends. Michael was working at Sherm's T-Bird as a checker. They dated and married in 9/3/1983. And soon they welcomed a daughter, Desiree, joining Michael and Sherry along with her two sons from a previous marriage, Sandy and Jason, to make a family of five. He later worked at Oregon State Liquor Store, Burger King, Rogers, and then settled with Neel Distributing as a Delivery Driver for 12 years. It was a busy life raising 3 children, attending sports games for all 3, and dance lessons for their daughter while working his job and his wife attending Nursing School at OIT. They divorced in 1999. From his daughter, Desiree' DeBarbieri, my daddy was Italian with Puerto Rican descent. He was a decent loving dedicated father, who was very much involved in his 3 kids' lives, from coaching his son's and Grandson's baseball team, to doing my hair and makeup for dance recitals. He loved going to his kids' and grandkids' games. He made it to every play recital and birthday regardless of his work schedule or his pain, he was always there. He loved to listen to Frank Sinatra while making his famous secret spaghetti sauce, a recipe that was passed down to me by my Grandma Bernice. Family, friends, and sports were his life. He loved The Godfather and Sylvester Stallone movies. He cooked like a chef, sang like Elvis and danced like John Travolta. He could warm a room with his presence and his smile. For as big as he was, he was really a big teddy bear. He was always there to listen and always had the best advice. He worked for Budweiser, Shasta Water, Henry Hinsdale's Winery, and managed Bj's Tavern. He was also a bouncer and security guard at many local events. He later took his love of cooking and opened his own Italian restaurant, Ragus Downtown Deli, and Catering. His career ended at Sherm's Thunderbird. He managed the seafood department, he was a hard worker, with a strong work ethic, and was extremely dedicated. He never complained and never gave up; he always gave 100 percent of himself. He wanted to retire and travel with his wife in their Motorhome, go to Italy with his daughter and look up relatives from our family tree, go to 49er games, watch wrestling with his grandkids and see them grow. He wasn't just a father to his kids, he was their friend and superhero. He wanted the simple things in life and boy did he love that big ole truck lol. From his wife Dee DeBarbieri, Michael and I met and married in 2000. Michael went to work for Mount Shasta Water, after "retiring" from B.J.s Tavern. He then returned to work at Sherm's Thunderbird, as a meat cutter. Oddly enough, Bernard put Michael in charge of the fish department. Michael did not really care to eat fish, much less sell it. Our nephew, Shane, had to show Michael how to filet. As any avid fans, they traveled as often as possible, to San Francisco, to see the Giants, 49ers, and Warriors. A highlight was him saying," I've got Steph Curry's sweat on me", at a game in Portland. Michael was preceded in death, by Mother Bernice, Father Angelo, infant twin brother Zachary, Sister Corrine, and her Husband Jim Bryant, Grandparents, Linda and "Doc" William Kendall, Aunt, Dorothy Jarmon, cousins, Glen and Barbara Jarmon, Mother-in-law Myrtle C Smallwood (Dusty), Father-in-Law Richard Smallwood. Survived by his wife Dee DeBarbieri, Daughter Desiree' DeBarbieri and Kevin Riley, son and wife Jason and Stephanie DeBarbieri, son and wife Sandy and Erin DeBarbieri of Leander Tx, Brother and sister-in-law, LaMont & Jennifer DeBarbieri, ex-wife Sherry DeBarbieri of Klamath Falls. Grandchildren Lanaya Goulet (Michael) Richland, WA, Isabella Ewing of Rexburg, Idaho, Devon DeBarbieri, Husani Jackson both from Klamath Falls, OR, Colton DeBarbieri, Paizley DeBarbieri both of Leander, TX. Great Grandson Dawson Goulet of Richland, WA. Niece Britnee Elliott, Nephew, Matthew and wife Christina Elliott, Nephew Grayson Davina, Sam, and Lady Cat. Michael is also survived by special friends George and Charlene Manning of Keno, OR. A memorial service will be announced for a later, less wintery date.

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