|Birth: ||Nov. 18, 1921|
|Death: ||Jul. 10, 1990|
The most important things in Garth's life were his family and his church. He loved family reunions and always organized games for the children. He loved to work in the LDS Temple. He also loved being a Boy Scout leader. He earned his Eagle Scout badge as an adult (it was still permissible at that time). He also earned the Silver Beaver award. Garth was a Little League baseball coach for many years and enjoyed it very much. He loved sports. Often you would see him watching a game live while he was listening to another game on the radio. He enjoyed the friendships he made with the Post Office crew.
MY PERSONAL HISTORY
More of his history can be found at the Washington County, Utah usgenweb link:
by Cloyd Garth Barton
EARLY CHILDHOOD MEMORIES
I, Cloyd Garth Barton was born on 18th Nov. 1921 at home in Tropic, Garfield County, Utah. There was no doctor present at my birth. Sis. Adeliah Riding was our midwife & helped bring me into the new world. I was some 7 1/2 pounds & 20" long. A happy, smiling "cotton-top" boy. Mother was quite sickly so she had her hands full. Under a loving mother's care, I grew & continued to be loved & spoiled by the family members. Mother was there always to care for my every need and still struggling to keep us in those things we needed.
Many times we would get our Sat. bath in a No. 3 tub, then back up to the wood stove to get warm. We slept 2 & 3 in a bed. Sometimes there were 4 in the bed together.
How we loved to play at Grandma Johnson's. She always had plenty of bread and Jam for us kids.
We always had chores to take care of, such as: milk cows, feed pigs, get in wood, weed garden, feed chickens, etc. I delivered the Deseret News for years.
At home, at night, after the chores were done, we had to do home study by a kerosene lamp by the kitchen stove. Winters were usually cold, with plenty of snow, which gave us children many early morning & late evenings of cold & frosted hands & feet. We even had to run out to the little out house & use the Sears Catalogue. We did have enough good warm clothing--limited, but sufficient for our needs.
During the Depression years, father had to seek employment to keep his large family in things they needed. He worked at the Bingham Canyon Mines, and did some farming, and carpentry work. He and his father threshed grain during those years, also.
As a junior in 1937, I quit high school and enlisted in the
CIVILIAN CONSERVATION CORPS, then called the CCC. I worked for the government for a total of 14 months, sharing duties in Bryce Canyon, cutting and burning bug infested trees, making trails, erosion control, trails and bridges. In the winter months we moved to Zions National Park where we worked on the slopes of the switchbacks of the canyon so the rocks would not litter roads and make it dangerous for travelers. We also built trails, bridges, and erosion control while in Zion.
The time is at hand for my mission [Jan 1942]. I was called to the East Central states, then comprising Tennessee, KY, West VA, & North Carolina. Our mission headquarters at Louisville, KY. I had previously been interviewed & set apart by Apostle Harold B. Lee. He was so kind & understanding. I held farewell testimonial at Tropic ward.
Military memories: I recieved my letter to report to Fort Douglas on the 15th April 1944 and was sworn in as a member of the United States Army. Leaving there the next morning for San Francisco, California to receive necessary papers, shots, etc. at Fort Ord Station-- then was sent south to the Camp Roberts Training base Spent six hard weeks of training there then was sent over seas to serve in the European Theatre of War.
We headed for the front lines in the war zone area, at that time located in Luxemburg. We were sent as replacements for those now serving there.
We moved to the front lines. I was carrying a BAR, browning automatic weapon and for the next three weeks, got a taste of hell on the firing lines. While there I was sent on two scouting patrols. Very, very, scary experiences, but got back to our headquarters area safely both times. I guess the Lord was watching over us. [He did receive some shrapnel wounds which partially blinded him.]
WESTERN UNION TELEGRAM 819 PM DEC 5 1944
MRS KARMA J BARTON BOX 187 ST GEORGE UTAH
REGRET TO INFORM YOU YOUR SON PRIVATE CLOYD G BARTON WAS SLIGHTLY WOUNDED IN ACTION NINETEEN NOVEMBER IN GERMANY YOU WILL BE ADVISED AS REPORTS OF CONDITION ARE RECEIVED. WITSELL ACTING THE ADJUTANT GENERALS 817PM
Under the provisions of AR 600-45, the PURPLE HEART is awarded the following Enlisted Man:
Cloyd G. Barton 39928559 Pvt Infantry
for wounds received as a result of enemy action in the European Theater of Operations.
After his Army experiences, Garth returned to St. George, Utah, where he began working for the US Postal Service-- his employment for the rest of his life.
GARTH'S THANK YOU TO HIS FAMILY
Now may I also give a special thanks to my dear wife, Mona, & family--for them sharing my life with others. If it had not been for their patience, helpfulness & love, I could not have injoyed these wonderful experiences over the years [volunteering as a BSA Scout leader, Little League Coach, Temple worker, etc.], and to perform this service. I have certainly been blessed because of this time spent. I know that I deprived them of many Family outings & vacations & time at home. To them I am grateful.
May I here Bear my personal Testimony, personal & from my heart, of the worth of the Gospel in our lives & that this power of the Priesthood can only be controlled upon principles of righteousness. They may be conferred upon us it is true, but it is our responsibility to control & use it to his glory always. To yourself be true. We make our world better by the choices we make today--and every accomplishment, great or small begins with two little words; I'LL TRY.
To all those who read this history, I hope you can injoy life & living as much as I do. My Blessings are so many.
by Garth Barton
Clickable links to the gravesites of grandchildren who died:
Kori Lynn Carter
Amy Marie Carter
Leo Lorenzo Barton (1895 - 1976)
Karma Johnson Barton (1896 - 1978)
Mona Cox Barton (1926 - 1986)
Delila Barton Heaton (1916 - 2011)*
Delna Barton Kenworthy (1917 - 1991)*
Joseph Lorenzo Barton (1919 - 2006)*
Elsa Barton Riding (1920 - 1996)*
Cloyd Garth Barton (1921 - 1990)
Sylvia Barton Kirkland (1925 - 2015)*
Karl Gordon Barton (1929 - 2016)*
Saint George City Cemetery
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Another beautiful tribute from your daughter. Please watch over your family and friends. I know you will be waiting for them in the celestial kingdom.|
Added: May. 10, 2009
Dad was a mailman who spent many years helping boys in The Boy Scouts of America. He also spent his summers as a coach for the Little League Baseball program.|
He loved serving in the St. George Temple and spending his life in service to others.<...(Read more)
Sandra Barton Gwilliam
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