SOMMER—Barry Steven Sommer passed away at his home at Siltcoos Lake on Feb. 7, 2021.
He was born in Los Angeles April 20, 1954. He grew up near Hollywood working in their family beauty supply business until 1994.
He came to Oregon that year and got two radio on-air positions at KRVM 91.9 FM public radio 1995, KUGN’s The Hawk 102.3 FM in 1997. His radio career began in Los Angeles as an FM rock music radio duo called “Jimbo and the Bear” during the 1970’s.
Most recently, he was on air with Coast Radio 106.9FM in Florence, Ore. His entertainment and historical fact-filled “Saturdays with Barry” from 8 a.m. to noon was a show that was all his.
Barry had an unending curiosity about life and nature, giving him a great reason to live every day to the fullest.
He toured with Canned Heat in 1990-91, a highlight of his life to set up and announce their shows.
Barry had many talents, from motorcycle racing, riding and repair to scissors and clippers for hair salons called Rising Sun Sharpening. He was a poet and writer, contributing to the monthly “Community Voices” section in the Siuslaw News, as well as in two books, “Whatever Happened to the Hippies.”
He had also acted in the “Red Velvet Cake Wars” in Florence recently.
His deep baritone, bright and upbeat voice made an impression on his listeners. Most will miss his erudite knowledge of history and oddities, which he loved to learn about and share — his song intros always made you smile. He amused himself and his listeners with his infectious laugh.
He had a gift for comedic timing.
Barry loved motorcycles with great passion for 40-plus years. He could take them apart and loved rebuilding them with original parts. He always said “he wouldn’t let a machine get the better of him.”
He received a BA in History and Religious studies at NWCC in Eugene 2014.
He sat on the Dunes City Planning commission, where he lived and liked contributing to any discussion or debate.