In Memoriam of William Barnes
William joined Parrott Creek’s Board of Directors in January of 2022 and we are honored by the passion and energy he brought to our organization during the short but exceptional time he was with us. Sadly, William passed away unexpectedly on August 8, 2023. William was the founding visionary and Executive Director of Red is the Road to Wellness, a leading community organization located in Klamath Falls, Oregon. He honored the deep value of all individuals, and his utilization of restorative justice and the process of re-humanizing people to foster behavioral change made him a kindred spirit of Parrott Creek’s own ethos and treatment modalities. William was a strong advocate for incarcerated individuals, particularly through his work at the Gospel Mission and outreach through the Department of Corrections (HGO) program. He was a Certified Drug & Alcohol Counselor with the Klamath Tribes from 2016-2021, served on the Criminal Justice Commissions (CJC) Restorative Justice Advisory committee for HB2204, and was a member of the Restorative Justice Coalition of Oregon (RJCO) Coordinating Committee. He touched countless lives in a truly meaningful way and his loss is a heartbreak to the recovery and justice communities throughout Oregon.