A loving, husband, father, and Papa, Barry Edwin Landon, 79, died on Sunday, January 19th in Colorado Springs, Colorado due to a brave battle with cancer. He peacefully leaves his loving wife of 54 years, Sherie Ann Landon, and his daughters and son-in laws, Serena and Jason Brizic, and Erica and Vince Delperdang; his seven grandchildren Derrick, Geena, Audrey, Dillon, Catherine, Elizabeth, and Brendan; His twin brother and his wife, Larry and Brenda Landon, and his brother and his wife, Jay and Carolyn Landon; his brother-in-law and his wife, Danny and Tina Prudeaux. He was preceded in death by his son, David Barry Landon, his parents, Charlie and Ruth Landon,
and his brother and sister-in-laws, Bob Demott, Bunny Keating, and David Prudeaux.
Born and raised in San Diego, California, the son of Charlie, a veteran of the Navy, and Ruth Landon, he
was a lifelong resident of California living in San Diego, Ventura, Lake Forest, and Canyon Lake. He moved to Colorado Springs, Colorado in 2018 to be close to his children and his seven grandchildren. He always loved the John Denver song, Rocky Mountain High, and he enjoyed the snow capped view of Pikes Peak. He was happy to call Colorado our home.
In his early years, Barry had a paper route early each morning. Happiest playing basketball at the local court. A natural athlete, he played many sports, mostly basketball, football, and tennis . He played the trombone in the high school band and he impressed us with his cool hand jive. After graduating from San Diego High School in 1958, he attended San Diego State University with his twin brother, Larry, on a tennis scholarship and he graduated in 1962 with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. He met his wife, Sherie, at a basketball game at Fullerton State College and they were married in 1966 in the First United Methodist Church in Anaheim, California. Barry trained as a medic in San Antonio, Texas in 1962 and he served in the National Guard from 1962 to 1972. Anxiously sitting on his rucksac, ready to go to Vietnam; the deployment orders thankfully ended. He had a successful career in Pharmaceutical and Medical Equipment Sales for over forty years. He worked for Johnson and Johnson, Park Davis, and PGC Scientifics, spending eighteen years as a Sales Manager for Fisher Scientific. His charisma and ability to connect with people made him an excellent salesman. An active member of the Canyon Lake Car Club with his vintage, orange 1971 Pontiac Firebird, that he had bought brand new for his wife, he enjoyed the car shows, car club events, and talking about cars with the members. In Colorado Springs, he joined the Stockers Car Club and spent the last spring and summer attending car shows with the family. We will continue the car club as a family to honor his love of cars.
Barry had a passion for all animals and he had many furry family members that were always by his side. Rocky and Rachel the Golden Retrievers, were loyal companions. Boots and Chester the Ragdoll cats and Abbie, the shitzu poodle, were all by his side the past year. He always looked forward to his early morning walks with Abbie. Traveling alongside Sherie to Europe, Hawaii, the Carribean Islands, Mexico, and all over the U.S. were highlights of his life. Barry loved cruise ships, he would dominate the sports trivia and cornhole games as the champion. He also played a good game of Putt Putt golf and free throw basketball. An athlete, a sports fan, a lover of traveling especially cruising on a ship, a car enthusiast, a handyman, and a strong supporter of his children’s and grandchildren’s interests and talents; tennis, swimming, band, color guard, drill team, dance, music, cheer, gymnastics, choir, art, academics,
trains, camping, and scouting. There was never a dull moment.
Papa Barry, you will always be in our thoughts and we have so many wonderful memories to keep you alive in our hearts. We will leave a place for you at the card table, Gin Rummy and Hearts will not be the same without you. We will all miss your loyalty, unconditional love, enthusiasm, strength, and determination. You will always be the one we look to for guidance and support. You will always be close, never far.
A funeral service was held at 12255 Ozark Place, Falcon, CO with family. A celebration of life will be held at sea off the Baja Coast on a cruise ship next month. A desire to cruise with the family this past year, we will honor our beloved Papa. May you forever cruise; find a beautiful place to drop your anchor and let your dreams set sail. Rest in peace, Papa Barry.