Beloved Geneva Coach John Barton Dies at 71

Geneva teacher and coach John Barton, inducted into the Geneva High School Athletic Hall of Fame, dies after a long battle with cancer. Visitation and funeral are Tuesday at Malone Funeral Home.

Longtime Geneva High School coach John R. Barton, 71, of Geneva died Friday, Aug. 3, 2012, at surrounded by his family after a long battle with cancer.

He was born May 30, 1941, in Chicago, the son of Leo and Esther (Elmhorst) Barton.

John was a graduate of Proviso East High School and Southern Illinois University. He was a dedicated educator at for 27 years. He was a former athlete, devoted coach and an avid sports enthusiast. John enjoyed gardening and spending time with his family. He will be remembered as a loyal friend, mentor and supporter to all who knew him.

He is survived by his wife of 27 years, Valerie (Reilly); children Jeff Barton of Lisle, Scott (Mary Kay) Barton of Evanston and Lauren (Jeff) Habes-Wojcik of Chicago; grandchildren Jack and Spencer Barton and Mia and Paige Wojcik; sister Lillian (Roger) Sargent of Naperville. Also survived by many nieces, nephews, in-laws and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral Service will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday Aug. 7, 2012, at the , 324 East State St., (Route 38) Geneva.

Visitation will be held from 2 p.m. Tuesday until the time of the service.

Interment will be private.

Memorials to the V Foundation for Cancer Research, 106 Towerview Court, Cary, NC, 27513 would be appreciated.

For more information, call the funeral home at 630-232-8233.


SOURCE: Malone Funeral Home

Joan Wallner Connell August 06, 2012 at 10:12 PM
Have so many fond memories of Coach Barton from summer basketball camp to track and field- always super positive and fun loving. I always respected him greatly and loved seeing him a few years back, he was walking past my folks house-was visiting in from CA and my two little boys got to meet someone I consider a mentor and great coach to me and my older brothers. Condolences to his family, what a wonderful man!
Erin Olson Watts August 07, 2012 at 03:16 AM
I can still hear his voice from the top of the bleachers as I was running in track practice or a meet. Always positive, always encouraging. He was a good man and will be missed. I'm sure he and my dad are discussing Geneva basketball in heaven! My thoughts and prayers are with Coach Barton's family.
Doug Reese August 07, 2012 at 01:47 PM
I went into coaching because I was blessed in high school by outstanding coaches who were winners and tremendous role models, one of those individuals was Coach Barton. I wanted to be just like them and I followed them into this great profession. I had a chance to see Coach for the last time on June 28th. I was in the area and dropped by his house. He wasn't feeling well and was in bed. When he heard I was at the door he told his wife "I am getting up and getting dressed. I want to see Reeser." I think he did more for me in that one moment than the hour I spent with him that day. I love you Coach. Thanks for all of your efforts they are much appreciated and remembered.
Susan August 07, 2012 at 02:40 PM
My brother and I will both remember the fun football games back in the 1980"s. He was coaching the Sophmores-class 82" back then. My son is now a H.S. Sophmore, hope he has great memories like I did at Geneva Community H.S. Susan Smith Cater
Chuck Emma August 07, 2012 at 08:28 PM
My favorite football coach at Geneva High. I can still hear him yelling "I want a 'Doopah' block 'Doopah' " I am not sure any of us had ever heard of such a word. Somehow, we all knew what he was looking for. RIP, Coach


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