Barnes (1921 - 2009)
Published in Bakersfield
Californian on August 25, 2009
Calvin was born February
6, 1921 in Bowling Green, Kentucky to Albert and Birdie Barnes. Calvin
was more than a teacher. He will be remembered as a loving husband, father
He is survived by his wife, Esther of 63 years, sister Barbara Judd of
Bakersfield, 2 daughters, Allison Coleman and Leslie Troncale, and granddaughter,
Alyssa Marie Coleman. Calvin was a star athlete in high school days at
Excelsior High School in Bellflower.
After being picked out by scouts from the Boston Red Socks while he attended
Excelsior, Calvin received offers of sports scholarships to two major
universities and enrolled at USC with a baseball scholarship in the fall
He graduated with a major in math and a minor in engineering in 1949 where
is now commemorated in a list of athletes on their wall of fame.
His baseball career took him to Bennettsville, South Carolina and Canton,
Ohio for spring training camps and a tour with a Boston Farm club minor
league team from 1946 - 1949.
Throughout his life, a love of airplanes and flying prevailed. In the
midst of his college career Calvin felt compelled to enlist and serve
He enlisted in the Army Air Force in 1943 for a term of over 3 years.
Although he did not serve overseas, Calvin was infinitely proud of his
contribution to WWII.
His teaching career began during the summer at China Lake Elementary School
where he had a hands on program teaching the students aviation science
by building model airplanes!
After graduation from College Calvin went on to complete his student teaching
in the Watts area of Los Angeles and from there he was hired to teach
an aviation science program in the Vineland-Sunset School District, in
His classroom was situated inside of a C46 airplane and they also had
a Link flight trainer for his students to use. Mr. Barnes is still remembered
by students from Placerita Jr. High and Sierra Vista Jr. High in the William
S. Hart High School District where he continued to teach math, and aviation
science. His aviation programs were the first of their kind anywhere in
His greatest legacy may be the many students who were influenced by him
to go on and pursue careers in the field of aviation, flying and aerospace.
A memorial service is to be held at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, August 27,
2009 at Kern River Family Mortuary Chapel (1900 North Chester Ave., Bakersfield).
A veteran's service will be held the same day at 2:00 p.m. at the Bakersfield
National Cemetery (corner of Hwy 58 and Hwy 223, 22 miles east of Bakersfield).
Friends, students and others who knew Calvin are invited to join us to
share their memories.