Barbara Jean Austin

Barbara Jean Austin

Feb. 6, 1938 – Aug. 12, 2023

Barbara Jean Austin went home to her beloved Heavenly Father on Saturday, August 12, 2023, surrounded by family. She was loved deeply and will be greatly missed by all who knew her. 

Barbara was born Feb. 6, 1938, in the Lovell hospital. She was the oldest of eight children born to Frank D. Mickelson and Elma Stubbs. She grew up in Lovell and graduated from Lovell High School in 1956. 

Barbara and Tim met in Denver in 1961 and were married on June 23, 1962. They moved to the Grand Valley in Colorado, in the spring of 1965 with their two young children, where they had a 20-acre peach orchard. 

The family moved to Orchard Mesa, Colorado, in 1969, where they opened T & D Automotive. In 1982, Barbara opened the only LDS bookstore between Denver and Salt Lake City. This was her pride and joy for more than 20 years. Once retired, Barbara dedicated her time to her family and home, tending to her gardens and animals, as well as numerous hobbies. 

She was always a dedicated member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Barbara was involved in many church callings and participated in volunteer opportunities within the church, which allowed her to make many friends and lasting friendships. 

She is survived by her husband of 61 years, Tim Austin; children Paula Borman and Gerry (Vincetta) Austin; grandchildren Amanda (Charley) Borman-Ballard, Andrew (Mercedes) Borman and Nicholas LeFevre; great-grandchildren Zaiden Borman and Alden Ballard; brothers F. Dee (Marjorie) Mickelson, Ted Mickelson and Leon (Janet) Mickelson; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorial services were held Saturday, Aug. 19, beginning with a viewing for friends and family to pay their respects at 1 p.m. at the Orchard Mesa LDS Chapel, followed directly by the memorial service at 2 p.m. at the same location. A burial service was held graveside at Mesa View Memorial Cemetery in Delta, Colorado, at approximately 4:15 p.m.