The funeral service will be live-streamed HERE.
Cody Barton, left us far too soon on January 28, 2024, at the age of 39. His departure was sudden and shocking, leaving an immeasurable hole in the lives of all those who loved him.
Cody was born July 3, 1984, to Paula and Norman Barton, the second of four children. Cody grew up in Parowan, Utah, with his three sisters, Jamie, Lindsey, and Kylie all whom he adored and teased mercilessly. From a young age, Cody developed a passion for baseball. He played on teams from little league through high school. A sports injury in junior high caused Cody to suffer from seizures for the next few years. A first of its kind exploratory surgery was performed on Cody’s brain to remove the bruising from that injury. Afterwards, he showed off the massive scar around his head any chance he could. And he never had another seizure. Cody was competitive and always expected the best from himself and others.
After graduating from Parowan High in 2002, Cody moved to Las Vegas and then headed to the east coast to sell home security systems with one of his best friends. It’s hard to imagine a scrawny, young Cody enjoying this, but he loved all the experiences he had and told stories about that time in his life for years to come. He came home to Parowan and started POST at Dixie State, graduating in 2009.
Cody thrived in law enforcement. After beginning his career in the Duchesne County Jail in 2010, he quickly transitioned to patrol as a deputy. In 2012, he transferred to the Vernal City Police Department. It was in Vernal he found a new love as a K9 Officer when he was first partnered with Rocco. In 2019, Cody moved to Wasatch County Sheriff’s Department and in 2022, he found his home at the Roosevelt City Police Department. Cody was given another opportunity to showcase his K9 skills when he was partnered with K9 Chris, who he affectionately called ‘Critter’ (in Cody’s words, “Who names a K9 Chris?!”). He spent countless hours keeping drugs off the streets of the communities he loved and served. Many have said that in the course of his work, he saved their lives. Cody knew that a lot of people might hate him and the badge he wore, but he would always say eventually they would come around to love him. His goal on duty was simple: save people who often couldn’t save themselves.
Cody’s true, and most meaningful, calling in life was as a husband and father. After growing up surrounded by sisters, he was over the moon to have a son, Landon, in 2012. Shortly after moving to Vernal, Cody met the love of his life, Sarah Gledhill. Despite shaking Sarah’s hand at the end of their first date, Cody won her over with his unwavering devotion. After that night, the two were rarely apart. Their courtship was fast but obviously meant to be. They married in April 2013 and Cody stepped up to help raise Sarah’s daughters, Emily and Bailee. From the beginning Cody always looked at them as his daughters, becoming the ‘dad they always needed’, as the girls said. In 2015, his princess, Paislie, was born.
Cody’s family was his world. It didn’t matter if he spent a whole day casting, undoing knots and re-baiting hooks while his pole sat on the shore, or cheering loudly in the stands for anything the kids were competing in. As long as his kids and wife were happy, he was happy. When it came to family, anything else could wait. Cody had the opportunity in January to baptize Paislie and ordain Landon as a Deacon in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints - something he felt prompted to accomplish quickly. He would do anything for their happiness. All Cody wanted was for his kids to be their very best. Sometimes that meant he was strict and pushed them to do better. He truly just wanted them to believe in themselves as much as he believed in them.
One thing Cody was not - a people pleaser. He was going to tell you what he thought, whether it was nice or not. He would give you his honest opinion and not sugar coat a single word.
Cody will be remembered for countless things: his OCD and need for vacuum lines on the carpet, his love of Charleston Chews, Mamba’s and Reese’s shakes; his choice of terrible rap music- and love of music in general; the San Francisco 49ers (they’ll definitely have a guardian angel with them during the Super Bowl); and his professionalism and passion to serve the community. Above all, Cody will be remembered as a loving and devoted husband and father.
Cody is survived by the love of his life, Sarah, his children, Emily (Garett) Jenkins, Bailee Reese, Landon Barton, and Paislie Barton; his Father Norman Barton; sisters, Jamie (John Imlay), Lindsey (Matt) Borrelli, Kylie Barton; and eight nieces, all of whom he adored.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Paula Barton, and granddaughter, Blakely Jenkins.
Funeral services will be held on Monday, February 5, 2024, at 11:00 AM, at the Duchesne Stake Center (901 N 500 E, Duchesne, UT 84021).
Viewings will be held on Sunday evening from 5:00 - 7:00 PM at the Hullinger Mortuary and on Monday morning from 9:30 - 10:45 AM at the church prior to the funeral services.
Burial will be in the Roosevelt Memorial Park, with honors presented by the Roosevelt Police Department, the Utah Highway Patrol, and many other Law Enforcement Agencies and Officers.