We are deeply sorry for your loss - the staff at Jerry Spears Funeral Home
Mark J. Barrett, age 72, passed away on December 8, 2021 at Riverside Methodist Hospital. Mark graduated from Bishop Watterson in 1967 then became a MP in the Army and was awarded the Soldier’s Medal for Heroism. He furthered his education and was a graduate of Park College class of 1976 and Capital University class of 1982.
He originally started March 30, 1970 as a Deputy with the Franklin County Sheriff’s office – he was promoted to a Sergeant October 7, 1979 – was promoted to Inspector 1 on March 1, 1982. This was all under Sheriff Berkemer and at the end Sheriff Berry. He left January 4, 1985 when Sheriff Smith was first elected. He returned under Sheriff Smith as a Training Officer 2 on August 18, 1986. Moved to Inst. Dept. Supr 1 on November 2, 1986 and then was made Chief of Corrections April 8, 1990. He retired January 31, 2014 as Chief Deputy.
Preceded in death by father, Emory Ward Barrett; mother, Mary Jane Barrett. Survived by children: Heather Barrett (Bryan Bachelder), Jeffrey (Barb) Barrett and Robert (Sherri) Barrett; grandchildren: Nichole, William, Austin, Tess, Hannah, Victoria and Brandon; great grandchildren: Madison, Geneva, Clinton and Wyatt; sisters, Susan (Doug) Fries, and Mary Eve (Richard) Corrigan.
Family wants to give a special thank you to the ICU doctors and nurses at Riverside Methodist Hospital, level 5. Thank you for making his final days the best they could be.
Friends may call Tuesday, December 14 from 4pm-7pm at JERRY SPEARS FUNERAL HOME, 2693 West Broad, where service will be held at 10:30am Wednesday, Fr. Leo Connolly officiating. Interment Resurrection Cemetery.