Tony Frank Barela

April 25th, 1937October 9th, 2021

Tony Frank Barela was born April 21, 1937 to Maria Murrietta Barela and Guillermo (Willie) Barela in San Rafael, New Mexico.  The family moved from San Rafael to Durango, Colorado in 1951.  Tony attended Sacred Heart grade school for his primary years and Durango High School, where he graduated in 1957.  Tony then attended Hollywood Beauty College to become a hairdresser.  Tony was a hairdresser for over 50 years in Durango.  Tony was preceded in death by both of his parents, his two brothers Nessie and Lalo, and his sister Phyllis. 

He is survived by the love of his life, his wife Mary.  Tony and Mary were married for 55 years.  He is also survived by his son Anthony, his daughter in law Erin and their four children:  Dominic, Michaelis, Gianna and Jude.  Tony is also survived by his brother in law Nick Maestas, sister in law Delores Barela and a number of nieces and nephews.

The family would like to thank the doctors and nurses who cared for him while he was in Durango, Erie and the amazing care provided during hospice.  Funeral arrangements are being coordinated by Darrell Howe Mortuary in Lafayette, Colorado. 

In lieu of flowers, the family is asking people to make donations to the Theatine Fathers ( or St. John Vianney Seminary ( to support the development of future priests.


A Holy Rosary will be said at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church on Thursday, October 21, 2021 @ 5:30 PM.  Tony’s Funeral will also be held at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church on Friday, October 22, 2021 at 1:00 PM.






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My condolences to Aunt Mary and family. Uncle Tony is at peace and is at home. We are all blessed to have him in our lives Now we have a very special angel. I have always admired his faith in God,we can all learn from him and Aunt Mary. I thank you. Rest In Peace. We will always have good memories you will be loved and missed always.