Louis René Barrera Memorial Fund

Remembering Louis René Barrera

Louis René Barrera served as an Environmental Conservation Information Specialist for the City of Austin's Park andRecreation Department for 24 years.

Our beloved Louis René Barrera, 60, passed away on April 15, 2019. He struggled with a relapse of Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and died at M. D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas.

René was born in Beaumont, Texas, on July 15, 1958.  The family moved to their home in Orange, Texas when he was a young child. René acquired his love of science and plant life from both of his parents.

As a child, René would play with his friends and brothers in his family’s backyard and in the nearby woods, building trails. He graduated from West Orange High School in 1976 where he excelled in track, was a class leader, and played drums in the band. He attended Lamar University as a pre-med student and Austin Community College.

René was a man of many talents. He volunteered many years as a preserves guardian and monitored the Blunn Creek Nature Preserves.  Since 1995, he served as an Environmental Conservation Information Specialist for the City of Austin. He was recently recognized by Mayor Steve Adler for his trailblazing work managing the 2,200 acres of City Nature Preserves.  He helped to protect and restore the native habitat, and at the same time, educated many of his fellow citizens about their community and the natural world.

A Memorial Service will be held at Mayfield Park on June 2, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Austin Parks Foundation in memory of Louis René Barrera or a preferred charity organization.

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More on Louis René Barrera's Life

René received many honors and awards for his work and service including the Keep America Beautiful National Award and the Keep Austin Beautiful Award. He also served on several boards, including the Capital Metro Transportation Authority and as president of the South River City Citizens (SRCC) Neighborhood Association, each for a decade.

During his life, René also dedicated many years helping to care for his elderly parents. He was also a small business owner.

Per his wishes, René's body was donated to the McGovern Medical School at UTHealth for teaching and scientific purposes.

René was preceded in death by his parents, mother, Juanita Nilda (Almazan) Barrera, and father, Arturo Valdez Barrera, of Austin, Texas.

René is survived by his wife, Cheryl V. Barrera of Orange, Texas, and two brothers, Arthur V. Barrera and family, and Enrique V. Barrera and family. He also leaves behind three aunts and uncles, cousins, and many dear friends. René also cherished his black lab, Bo, and his white husky, Iris. René truly loved caring for nature and we know his work will live on through the many volunteers who continue to beautify the nature preserves and the natural world.