Michael Barnett Obituary, Death – Michael Clardy Barnett, the son of Mike and Susie Barnett, passed away on February 13, 2023, and was reunited with the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He was born on February 25, 1983, in Houston, Texas. When his family moved to Dallas in 1988, Michael attended Highland Park schools from kindergarten through high school.
Around this time, he developed a love for basketball and baseball. At a Young Life camp at Frontier Ranch, Michael made a decision to follow Christ as his personal Savior and Lord. He graduated from Dallas, Texas Highland Park High School in 2001. When a student at The University of Texas, Michael met Jessica Dunn, the love of his life, and knew he wanted to marry her.
Michael married Jessica on January 28, 2006, not long after earning his degree from UT. Because of the fact that their wedding took place right after UT’s triumph in the national football championship game on January 4, they described January 2006 as one of the best months of their lives. Michael got his MBA from Cox School of Management at Southern Methodist University before traveling with Jessica to Birmingham, Alabama to enroll in Cumberland School of Law at Samford, where he was a member of the law review and graduated with a JD.
After graduating, Michael and Jessica returned to Dallas, where he first worked as a lawyer before joining Benchmark Bank, which his great-grandfather established. Michael always delighted in lending a hand at the bank to his father and his brother-in-law. Michael had a deep love of food at a young age, and his passion for it allowed him to continue to learn a ton about cooking throughout his life.
Michael and Jessica explored the world in search of exceptional hospitality possibilities and tantalizing culinary destinations. With his newfound knowledge, Michael delighted in amusing, mingling with, and feeding his pals. Michael decided to open up his own restaurant in 2019 called Homewood so he could share everything he had learned with his hometown of Dallas. After that, Homewood was given a 4-star rating and was named Restaurant of the Year.
A second restaurant called Odelay was co-founded by Michael in April 2022 as a consequence of his COVID-inspiring fervor for learning how to make tortillas from scratch. Michael reared Robert Hector (RH), Clardy Ruth, his twins, and Dorothy Diana, his daughter, with love (Dot). Michael was quite proud of Clardy Ruth’s accomplishments.
Michael spent hours talking and listening to Clardy Ruth, who got her own effusiveness from her father. RH was Michael’s hero. Michael’s humorous side was brought out by RH’s exuberance, fitful laughing, and upbeat grin. It’s arguable who between RH and Michael likes their wrestling matches and cuddling more. Dot enjoys cooking, so she and Michael spent a lot of time in the kitchen when she was a little girl.
When she got older, Dot’s favorite activities included baking cookies and banana bread. Michael has been committed to Jessica for the past 17 years, which is both obvious and admirable. He enthusiastically extolled Jessica in front of everybody who would listen, proclaiming his admiration for her.
Michael is survived by his wife Jessica, son Robert Hector, daughters Clardy Ruth, and Dorothy Diana in addition to his beloved parents Mike and Susie Barnett. Michael admired and adored Megan Barnett Filgo, her husband Jonathan, and their children Royal and Bendy. He was cherished by Jessica’s parents Steve and Diana Dunn, sister Mary, brother Matt, wife Danielle, and their little daughter Lily. A service will start at Highland Park United Methodist Church on February 18 at 1:00 PM.