BIDDULPH, BARRY – Barry embodied a love of family matched by very few. He passed away February 18, 2014, after a long battle of chronic back pain, which though it took away his freedom of movement did nothing to curb his sense of humor. He was 61. He was a devoted husband to Vicki Biddulph and an adoring father to three children; Jessica, Harrison and Barry Jonathan.
Barry was born in Kingman, AZ, September 29, 1952 to Margaret Frances and Herbert Kemp Biddulph, Jr. He graduated from Clark High School in Las Vegas, NV in 1970. He attended Arizona State University, majoring in business and was a Phi Sigma Kappa brother.
While growing up in Las Vegas, he excelled in swimming, having won the shared Nevada State Title in relays. Barry had a zest for sports and enjoyed water skiing and snow skiing, but fell in love with golf, with which he spent many years successfully competing. Barry would spend his summers detailing cars for his father’s auto dealerships, eventually working his way into sales and then management. In 1984, Barry, along with his father Herb and his brother, Kemp, purchased Comanche Chevrolet in Santa Rosa.
In 1984, Barry Biddulph initiated and “spearheaded” a canned food drive effort that started with Biddulph Chevrolet employees and culminated in a county-wide effort and the establishment of the Coalition Against Hunger in Sonoma County in 1989. This effort was recognized by President Reagan and by the City of Santa Rosa.
Biddulph Chevrolet/Isuzu earned the distinction of being the top Isuzu Sales Organization in California in 1987 and 1988. Barry served two consecutive terms as President of the Isuzu Ad Association of Northern California, a two year tenure on the Isuzu National Dealer Body “Executive Committee” and was twice nominated for TIME Magazines Import Quality Dealer of the Year Award.
Barry was involved with numerous start-up companies including ZAP, RENU International Inc., Power Board and Maintenance Card, Inc. and in 1999, Barry sold Biddulph Chevrolet.
In recent years he enjoyed his fellowship with his brothers in Christ in Petaluma, who encouraged him spiritually and emotionally through his physical challenges.
His favorite thing to do was spend time with his family whom he adored and who adored him and his love of fun. From being wrapped up with ice packs ready to tackle a ping-pong game with his wife Vicki to listening to his daughter Jessica sing or studying her latest piece of art, to just hanging around with his son Harrison listening to music and watching a UFC Fight. He loved to make us all laugh with a story from his past or a recent funny event. Laughter helps take the pain away. May God bless his soul and his good heart.
He is survived by his wife; Vicki Biddulph, his daughter; Jessica M. Biddulph, his son; Harrison S. Biddulph and his son; Barry J. Biddulph, by his brothers; Ben Hoff and Kemp Biddulph and his sister; Markey Martin, his sister’s-in-law; Norma Hoff and Deanna Biddulph, his brother’s-in-law; Lee Martin, Walt and Tony Vogel, sister-in-law; Cindy Reed-Vogel and his loving Mother and Father-In-Law; Dolores and Walter Vogel, his many nieces and nephews; Bill Biddulph, Trevor Martin, Hunter Martin and David Vogel, Brooks Martinez and husband Bert, Blake Van Es and husband Jantje, Brenda and husband Alan, Keile Martin, Katie Vogel and Tess and Justin Maynard, and his great nieces and nephews; Bryce and Adia Biddulph, Maddie, Tori and Conner Martinez, Jake, Kemp and Dutch Van Es.
Family and friends are invited to attend the Memorial Service on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. at the LAFFERTY & SMITH COLONIAL CHAPEL (4321 Sonoma Highway, Santa Rosa, CA, 95409), with a Celebration of Life Reception following. Private inurnment. As an expression of sympathy, the family prefers memorial contributions in Barry’s memory be directed to the American Chronic Pain Association [ACPA] (P.O. Box 850, Rocklin, CA, 95677 –or- the Sonoma County Chapter of the American Cancer Society (1451 Guerneville Road; Suite 220, Santa Rosa, CA, 95403).