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Old 12-28-2006, 11:59 AM   #1
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RIP John Paul Barta

This was a friend of mine that I grew up with, we played football together and I played baseball with his lil bro. Brave guy, everything he did, he did to his highest potential. You will be missed my friend.


Flour Bluff High School graduate and former athlete John Paul Barta died Saturday while serving in Iraq, his family said Monday. He was 25.
Army officials informed Barta's family Sunday, Barta's mother said, adding the family knows little details of the circumstances surrounding his death.
"He had the biggest heart," his mother Laurie Barta said. "He loved to help people."
Barta graduated from Flour Bluff High School in 2000 before attending Wharton County Junior College. He enlisted in the Army two years ago and was stationed at Fort Hood in Killeen before being sent to Iraq in October.
Family friend Andrew Spencer described Barta as a likable guy.
"He had a lot of friends," he said. "(He was) mild-mannered, well-mannered, respectful."
While attending Flour Bluff High School, Barta excelled on the baseball and football fields.
Throughout his four-year athletic career, coaches and teammates in both sports recognized him as a go-to player who came through in the clutch.
He earned most valuable player honors at the Flour Bluff Invitational and All-Tournament honors at the Uvalde Kiwanis Tournament in the late 1990s.
He also was named to the Caller-Times All-Metro Baseball Team more than once.
Barta maintained an account on myspace.com while serving in Iraq. By late Monday, dozens of his acquaintances had posted tributes and memorials to the soldier.
"He was a good kid and a good man. No mother could ask for more," Laurie Barta said.
"All I know right now is I just have the biggest hole in my heart."
Other survivors include his brother, Billy Ray Barta; and his grandfather, Adolph Barta, both of Corpus Christi.
Funeral arrangements are pending because of the Christmas holiday, his mother said.
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Sorry to hear this David. My prayers go out to his family and all his friends.
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Old 12-28-2006, 12:12 PM   #3
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Very sorry to hear this. Our sincerest condolences and prayers to his family and friends.
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My condolences and prayers to this Hero and his family.
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I'm very sorry to hear of the loss. I'll say a little prayer for the family and his friends.

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Prayers to his family and friends. Thanks for everything you did if you are reading over my shoulder.
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im sure he knows what he died for. It may be questionable back home, but everyone here has seen the faces of the kids in the street. I pray for his family, that's who needs the prayers.
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Phantom that is nice to hear, especially seeing you are from iraq, don't see much on the net from anyone out of iraq.
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