FEDERAL WAY, Wash. — Gayle David Barrow, 80, died March 31 in his home in Federal Way, Washington. There was a private funeral Mass at St. Vincent de Paul Church in Federal Way. Burial will be at Gethsemane Cemetery in Federal Way.

Mr. Barrow was born to Beulah and Merle Barrow Oct. 29, 1939, in Brooks, Minnesota. He was raised in Portland, and graduated from the University of Portland in 1961, receiving a bachelor degree in engineering science. He was hired by the Boeing Company and began his aerospace career. Mr. Barrow was a sci-fi fan, so working on space programs was right up his alley. He was an expert in space navigation, guidance and control, and a member of the Boeing Aerospace technical staff. His career spanned 40 years and included the Lunar Orbiter, 1960–69 (his favorite), SOFT during the 1970s, and finally the International Space Station, 1994–2000. Mr. Barrow retired on Feb. 28, 2000. He moved back to Federal Way from Houston.

Mr. Barrow loved to travel, be it by cruise ship, air or car, seeing new places and experiencing local food and customs. He was quite the chef and enjoyed watching cooking shows on TV and cooking up amazing dishes; but his favorite thing by far was sci-fi in any form.

Mr. Barrow had the heart of a servant, attending to both his mother and father during their lives and at their deaths. He was generous and faith filled, always ready to serve. He was close with his extended family and shared holidays and special celebrations with them. They say his caring heart and warm spirit will be greatly missed.

Mr. Barrow is survived by his best friend and long-time companion, Mary Noia, his sisters Connie Whitmarsh and Renee Cik, nine nieces and nephews, and 24 grand-nieces and nephews.

Memorial donations can be made to the Museum of Flight, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or St. Vincent de Paul Church.