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Wallace McBride Barrus

April 28, 2019


Wallace McBride Barrus, age 88 passed away April 25, 2019 of natural causes at his home in Provo. He was born June 5, 1930 in Salt Lake City to Ezra and Anna Barrus and joined his two sisters and four brothers. He married Shirlene Barrus in the Manti Temple. Shirlene has been his loving wife and helpmate for 62 years. They have four children, 13 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren.

Wally Barrus is widely known for his visualization. He is an Emeritus Professor of design photography and film at Brigham Young University, and former coordinator of the photography program. Barrus has been associated with photography and film production for more than forty years, and has had experience as a fine art photographer, commercial photographer, cinematographer, designer, writer, and educator.

He has done the cinematography on many motion picture productions for the BYU motion picture studio, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and other clients. He was Director of Cinematography on the full-length theater feature production “The Hide Out”. His black and white and color photographs have been widely published, and he has been featured in several one-man shows and has exhibited in numerous juried shows throughout the country. He directed and taught at many photography workshops. Photo Utah and the Salt Lake Tribune recognized him for his outstanding contribution to photography in the State of Utah. He was selected as the recipient of the National Award, which is given by the Professional Photographers of America for outstanding service to photography.

He holds a Bachelor of Art degree from Brigham Young University and the Master of Fine Art degree at Utah State University. He was a photographer and cinematographer in the U.S. Navy and has taken photography courses at Art Center College of Design, Brooks Institute of Photography, and has studied photography with Arthur Rothstein, Ansel Adams, Cole Weston, Elliot Porter, and John Sexton. He is a former member of the Professional Photographers Association of America, and he has been a member of the Utah Photographic Print Society, and the Intermountain Professional Photographers Association. He is a former member of the PP of A Council of Directors, and IPPA board of Directors. He was awarded the Certified Professional Photographer degree with the PP of A. He retired after thirty-seven years of service to Brigham Young University as an artist, photographer, filmmaker and faculty member.

Other activities include four years in the Navy, twenty-five years designing and building model aircraft. He used his remote-controlled aircraft for aerial photography. He is a member of the Academy of Model Aeronautics and is an experienced radio controlled aircraft pilot. He is a former Scoutmaster and lifelong Scouter. He was an active member of the LDS Church and has held various ward and stake positions.

After retirement Wally and Shirlene served an LDS mission to BYU Hawaii which was followed by yearly service to Southern Virginia University, Dixie University, and Snow College.

Wally was preceded in death by his parents, Ezra & Anna, his siblings, Lorene, McClain, Naoma, James Orin, Irel, and Vaughn, along with their spouses and a grandson, Brandon Evans.

He is survived by his wife, Shirlene, who is also a graduate of BYU, and their four children;

Jeri (Phillip) Evans, Steven (Elaine), Andrea (Bob) Thompsett, and Ema (John) Ohran.

Thirteen grandchildren; Jenny (Jona) Gamboa, Jeff (Carlie), Ryan (Corinna), Sam (Kennadie), Tyler (Shaylee) Evans, Brandon, Robbie, Briana, and Jasmine Thompsett, Zachary, Ezra, Nayon, and Eli Ohran.

Nine great grandchildren: Noah, Kayla, Josiah, Max, Lyla, Nora, Asher, Owen, Ava and soon to arrive baby Evans. Our adopted family includes Craig and Anastasia Randall and children Tamara, Sofia, and Celine.

Funeral services will be held at the LDS Church, 4300 N Canyon Road Provo, UT, at 11:00 am. Friends may call at Nelson Family Mortuary, 4780 N University Ave, Provo, Thursday May 2, from 6-8 pm or at the church prior to the services. Interment will be at East Lawn Memorial Hills Cemetery. Condolences may be expressed at NelsonMortuary.com.