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Wyoming Obituaries: September 9 – 15, 2021

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By Jen Kocher, Cowboy State Daily

Here’s a list of recent deaths of Wyoming residents and those with close affiliations to the state for the week of September 9 – 15. Our condolences to family and friends:

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Wyoming Obituaries: Week of September 1 – 8, 2021

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Here’s a list of recent deaths of Wyoming residents and those with close affiliations to the state for the week of September 1 – 8, 2021. Our condolences to family and friends:

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Wyoming Obituaries: August 26 – September 1, 2021

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By Jen Kocher, Cowboy State Daily

Here’s a list of recent deaths of Wyoming residents and those with close affiliations to the state for the week of August 26 – September 1, 2021. Our condolences to family and friends:

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Marialyce Barrett Tobin Dead at 97. Daughter of Frank Barrett — Former Wyoming Gov, US Senator, Congressman

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Marialyce Barrett Tobin died at home on August 28, 2021 at the age of 97.

Marialyce Barrett was born January 1, 1924 in Lusk, Wyoming to Alice Catherine (Donoghue) Barrett and Congressman, Governor and US. Senator Frank A. Barrett.

After graduation from Lusk High School as salutatorian in 1942, she attended the University of Wyoming where she was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority. She transferred to Trinity College in Washington DC after her father was elected to the United States Congress. She graduated from George Washington University in 1946 and received her law degree from Catholic University of America in 1949.

Her first job after law school graduation was working for Ohio Oil Company in Casper. She entered private practice in 1951.

She married Richard “Dick” A. Tobin on September 1, 1956, in Lusk, Wyoming. Marialyce and Dick practiced law together as Tobin and Tobin in the Conroy Building in Casper until Dick’s death in 1986. Marialyce continued practicing estate and trust law until she was in her late eighties.

Marialyce was a long-time member of the board of trustees of Casper College. She commissioned and donated the 15 -foot high and 28-foot-long Essence of Rex bronze statue to the Tate Geological Museum at Casper College in 2017. Essence of Rex was inspired by a visit to a London Museum, where she saw a dinosaur from Wyoming. She worked with its creator, Chris Navarro, to ensure that the final statue design would permit children to climb on it and that its interior illumination could be enjoyed by the residents of Casper at night.

Marialyce was a devout Catholic and a longtime member of St. Anthony’s parish where she served on the parish council and as a Finance Trustee. She was a strong supporter of St. Anthony’s Tri-Parish School. In 2017, again working with Chris Navarro, she commissioned and gifted the 22 -foot high, Sacred Heart of Jesus bronze statue to St. Anthony’s School and Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church. The statue was donated in memory of her parents. Once again, she made sure that the illumination from the lighted heart of the statue could be seen at night.

Marialyce’s love of travel began when she accompanied her father, United States Senator Frank Barrett, to the Far East in 1956. Later, she and Dick traveled throughout the world. After Dick’s death, she continued to travel with her best friend and sister-in-law Peggy Tobin. Some of the places she visited were Europe, the Holy Land, the North Pole, Russia, Antarctica and Africa. She also enjoyed taking her nieces and nephews on special individual trips in the United States.

Marialyce was an avid fan of college football, especially the University of Wyoming and Notre Dame. She traveled with family to many bowl games to cheer on her teams.

Marialyce was a longtime member of the Republican Party, a member of the Natrona County Bar Association and the Wyoming State Bar and a member of the Natrona County Historical Society. She was a past president of the Casper Chapter of Business and Professional Women’s Club and taught business law at Casper College for fourteen years. Marialyce generously donated numerous items to the Barrett Collection at the Wyoming State Museum and the Historic Governor’s mansion in Cheyenne as well as to St. Antony Tri-Parish School in Casper.

Marialyce was predeceased by her husband Dick, parents Frank and Alice, brothers Dr. Francis A. Barrett and Hon. Judge James E. Barrett and a sister who died in infancy. Also predeceasing Marialyce were nephews James Hays Barrett and Joseph Holland Barrett, niece Ann Catherine Barrett Sandahl and great – great niece McKenna Quast.

She is survived by Barrett nephews Larry, Mike, Francis, Pat, Richard and John Barrett, and Tobin nephews Peter, Jim and Paul Tobin and Marty Wilson. Also surviving her are Barrett nieces Alice Clement and Mary Orton, and Tobin nieces Kathy Tobin, Pat Stevens, Margaret Fullenwider, Mary Tobin, Eileen Burke, Peggy Hearne, Rosemary Tobin, Ann Calcutt, Patricia Vickery, Mary Kay Hill, Schevaun Hagerty, Becky Howell, Jeanne Keefe and Meg Lowrimore. Her cousins Judy “Julie” O’Conner and Mike Reilly and sister- in-law Dolly Tobin also survive her.

In addition to her nieces and nephews, Marialyce is survived by over one hundred great and great great nieces and nephews and many friends.

The family would like to extend special thanks to Marialyce’s close friend and caregiver, Pat Price as well as caregivers Mary Hinton, Stephanie Davidson and Central Wyoming Hospice and Transition for their dedicated and loving care.

Visitation will be from 2-4 pm on Thursday September 2 at Newcomer Funeral Home, 710 E. 2nd Street, Casper, with Rosary to follow at 5 pm at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church.

A Funeral Mass will be held at 10 am on Friday September 3rd at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church.

Donations in Marialyce’s memory can be made to Casper College. St. Anthony’s Tri-Parish School or charity of your choice.

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Wyoming Obituaries: Week of August 19 – 25, 2021

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Here’s a list of recent deaths of Wyoming residents and those with close affiliations to the state for the week of August 19 – 25, 2021. Our condolences to family and friends:

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Wyoming Lawmakers Mourn Death Of Longtime Legislative Doorman

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

Legislative leaders and lawmakers are expressing sorrow over the death of a longtime doorman for the state Legislature, who died of coronavirus complications late last week even though he had been vaccinated against the illness.

George Geyer, 81 of Cheyenne, died on Friday, according to his obituary.

Many officials mourned the news of his death this week.

“George was a wonderful man. He always greeted you with a wonderful smile and his good sense of humor,” Rep. Albert Sommers, R-Pinedale, told Cowboy State Daily on Tuesday. “We always visited early in the morning. He cared about people. His ‘Roll Call’ yell will forever ring in the halls of the Capitol. I will really miss him.”

Geyer attended and played football for Springdale (Pennsylvania) High School and Grove City College in Pennsylvania, where he graduated in 1964. Geyer was a beloved history teacher and football coach at Burrell (Pennsylvania) High School until his retirement in 1995.

Upon retirement he settled in Livingston, Mont., where he continued to coach football. He also spent time in Cheyenne, where he worked in the Legislature.

“George was always a friendly face,” former Rep. David Miller, R-Riverton, told Cowboy State Daily. “Very helpful and always on task.  I have fond memories of George.”

Former Speaker of the House Tom Lubnau, R-Gillette said Geyer was “the kind of guy who made everyone happier just by being in the room.”

“His kind words and smile, even on the most stressful legislative days, made the hard work much easier,” Lubnau said.

Legislators on both sides of the aisle respected Geyer. Former Sweetwater Rep. Stan Blake (D-Green River) said he was fortunate to be able to call Geyer his friend.

“Loved his humor, kind words and just talking with him. Talked about fishing, hunting and the things we thought were funny at the Capitol. Had many a good laugh,” Blake wrote on Facebook.

Geyer’s friendships in the State Capitol extended beyond lawmakers. He was well-known to lobbyists and association directors as well. Many called him a trusted friend.

Longtime lobbyist Jonathan Downing said Geyer’s attitude and demeanor were much appreciated over the last two legislative sessions where declining revenues coupled with the pandemic made for a more challenging atmosphere.

 “Whether that be when masks were required, space was limited, and people were trying to figure out how to contact their legislators with a new system.  He helped keep it friendly as is the expectation when people visit the Wyoming House,” Downing said.

“On a personal level, like the coach that he was, he could read people well and would encourage you to smile or take a second and catch your breath after climbing the stairs from the basement to the second floor of the Capitol. He will be missed,” he said.

Executive Director of the Wyoming Rural Electric Association Shawn Taylor said he was “stunned, shocked, and saddened” with the news as he and his family spent time with him only weeks beforehand at Cheyenne Frontier Days (CFD).

“George was like a grandpa figure I know not only to my kids but all those kids he worked with in the CFD Youth Program,” Taylor said. “He will be sorely missed by his CFD family.  George had the audacious task of dealing and working with teenagers for CFD and then working with legislators and lobbyists during his time as a doorman at the state capital.”

“I was just emailing with some of the board members of the Capitol Club . . . and we all agreed that George was the kindest man no matter who he was dealing with, and that he was the right man to have at the door of the House chambers when the Capitol first opened up after renovations (when things weren’t ideal particularly for us lobbyists) and when it opened up earlier this year after the COVID closure,” he said.

Paul Ulrich, Vice President of Government and Regulatory Affairs for Jonah Energy and noted Wyoming outdoorsman, echoed others when talking about Geyer’s kindness.

“He had a quiet gift of making everyone in the legislative process feel welcome and valued.  The Legislature has lost someone special,” Ulrich said.

In addition to his work with the Legislature, Geyer was active in Cheyenne Frontier Days, volunteering for the Ticket Committee and Parade Committee. He also organized the rodeo’s youth program.

Geyer was an active and avid outdoorsman who loved hiking, fishing, camping, hunting and traveling with Carol, his wife of 57 years.

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Wyoming Obituaries: Week of August 12 – 18, 2021

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By Jen Kocher, Cowboy State Daily

Here’s a list of recent deaths of Wyoming residents and those with close affiliations to the state for the week of August 12 – 18, 2021. Our condolences to family and friends:

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Wyoming Obituaries: Week of August 5 – 11, 2021

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By Jen Kocher, Cowboy State Daily

Here’s a list of recent deaths of Wyoming residents and those with close affiliations to the state for the week of August 5 – 11. Our condolences to family and friends:

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Enzi’s Memorial Will Be Held Aug. 6 In Gillette

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Mike Enzi was born February 1, 1944 to Dorothy and Elmer Enzi in Bremerton, WA.

While he wasn’t born in Wyoming, he always said he got there as quick as he could. He learned many lessons in his schooling in Thermopolis, Sheridan, George Washington University, and Denver University, and continued his learning through career options and prolific reading.

He wrote a book report for each book he read and took his situational learning on to new scenarios throughout his life.

His creed: Faith, Family, Friends, and Fishing.  

Faith was important. He lived his Faith in church attendance (wherever he was in the world), as a high school Sunday school teacher, through his daily devotionals, his weekly prayer breakfast meetings, National Prayer breakfast, and sharing how God provides. 

Aside from his decision to follow Christ, the next best decision he ever made was marrying Diana.

Family meant everything. From his parents, sister Marilyn, cousins, and grandparents, he learned the importance of family.  He extended those lessons when he married Diana June 7, 1969 and opened NZ Shoes in Gillette. He had three children, Amy (Mike), Brad, and Emily (Mike).

He had four grandchildren: Trey, Lilly, Megan, and Allison.

Grampa proudly held them each on the day they were born. He built a treehouse for them. He proudly participated in all family activities, even when he had to drive all night to do so.

Family was precious to him. Friends— He had a vast collection of friends he cherished. He was always pleased to spend time with friends at various events throughout his life.

This included the more than 200 members of “Team Enzi” who worked for him over his many years in public service, which he and Diana supported like a family. 

Some of his accomplishments that he was most proud of included being a husband, dad, Grampa, friend, Eagle Scout, soccer coach, basketball fan, Scout leader, Air National Guard veteran, mayor, legislator, and U.S. senator. 

He enjoyed legislating and working to find solutions and often touted his 80/20% tool to solve problems, where he advocated focusing on the 80% of an issue people agreed on and leaving out or finding another way to work on the 20% that was more contentious. 

Mike’s passion was fishing. He didn’t go anywhere without a rod and reel and a spare. It was not uncommon for him to pull over and cast his line as he traveled Wyoming. 

Mike passed away peacefully on July 26, 2021, surrounded by his family.

He left us with important lessons: Faith, Family, Friends, and Fishing, TIGAPA— Trust in God and push ahead—, and the mission statement: “Do your best. Do what’s right. Treat others as you want to be treated.”

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Project Mercy, Mike and Diana Enzi Scholarship Fund at the University of Wyoming, and the Wyoming Community Foundation Mike & Diana Enzi Charitable Fund.

Celebration of life  for Mike Enzi will be held at 1:00 p.m., Friday, August 6, 2021 at Pronghorn Center 3807 College Dr. Gillette, WY; with Pastor Donavon Voigt officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Project Mercy, Mike and Diana Enzi Scholarship Fund at the University of Wyoming, and the Wyoming Community Foundation Mike & Diana Enzi Charitable Fund.

Memorials and condolences may be sent in Mike’s name in care of Gillette Memorial Chapel 210 West 5th Street, Gillette, WY 82716. Condolences may also be expressed at www.gillettememorialchapel.com

Wyoming Obituaries: July 23 – 30

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Here’s a list of recent deaths of Wyoming residents and those with close affiliations to the state for the week of July 24 – 29. Our condolences to family and friends:

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