David Alexander Barton (“Coyote”) of Trona, California, died on August 1, 2013, at the age of 75 from complications of congestive heart failure and pneumonia.
David Alexander Barton (“Coyote”) of Trona, California, died on August 1, 2013, at the age of 75 from complications of congestive heart failure and pneumonia. David was born July 24, 1938, to parents Charlie Barton and WauWease Sims Barton in Fort Worth, Texas. He was a fun-loving, mischievous boy who excelled at playing football and helping his dad work with cutting horses, hunting dogs and the family restaurant. Following high school David worked many jobs, including restaurant cook and manager, bull rider, truck driver, and precision machinist. He served his country in Southeast Asia as a civilian with Air America for seven years. Upon his return to the states, he headed west and settled in the Mojave Desert, where he discovered his gift for prospecting and designing and building mineral and material processing plants. He was an expert equipment operator and road builder. Over the years, he mined tungsten, gold, and various industrial materials. David loved fast cars, old trucks, ATV’s and Harley Davidson motorcycles. He loved excitement, adventure, and taking a risk. He was a kind and generous man, with a particular love for and wisdom about animals and children.
David leaves behind his wife of 25 years, Cindy Barton, and his children Mike Barton of Bluffdale, Texas; Pam Barton of Gonzales, Texas, Tina Schaeffer of Houston, Texas, David Barton, Jr. of Trona, California, Ian Barton of Selma, Oregon, Samantha Barton of Bakersfield, California, Phillip Barton of San Antonio, Texas, and Vincent Thigpen of Trona, California. He also leaves a devoted friend and care-giver, Samantha Cole, of Trona. David’s family includes a long line of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews and many friends. He is greatly loved and will be missed by many.
A memorial service will be held for David on Monday, August 12 at 2:00 p.m. at the Trona Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 83456 Argus Avenue. The service will be followed by a reception at the church. Donations may be made in his name to the Trona Cumberland Presbyterian Church building maintenance fund.