Barker Lemar Companies Mourns Passing of Co-Founder Tracy Lemar

“I fall short, finding the words to adequately honor Tracy,” expresses Mike Barker. “Tracy had a big heart and a beautiful mind and used both to make life better for all that knew him. Tracy will be missed, but not forgotten.”

Twenty-three years ago, founder and former president and CEO, Mike Barker, joined in a partnership with Tracy Lemar to form what is now Barker Lemar Engineering Consultants. Mike recognized Tracy’s reputation for creativity and innovative engineering skill.  Tracy applied those skills tirelessly and helped grow the company into the premier supplier of solid waste solutions for landfills throughout the Midwest.

In remembering Tracy, Mary Thomsen, current President and CEO, said, "We have experienced a devastating loss. Tracy was always inventing, always a step ahead of everyone around him, and was one of the most brilliant people I’ve had the pleasure of working with. On behalf of the Barker Lemar family, we extend our deepest condolences to Tracy’s wife, Debra, their two sons, Alex and Jake, and his entire family.”  Ms. Thomsen joined Barker Lemar in 2008 and has been President and CEO since 2015.

About Barker Lemar
Barker Lemar Companies provides environmental consulting, engineering, and petroleum services in the Midwest; Headquartered in West Des Moines Iowa, Barker Lemar employs over 50 staff that service the environmental consulting needs of landowners, government agencies, farmers and business owners. Information about Barker Lemar services can be found at

Mr. Tracy Lemar passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, June 19th.. As Barker Lemar’s Co-Founder, Vice President and Principal Engineer until May 2018, he was an integral part of Barker Lemar’s success in the solid waste industry. He was a pioneer in the field of information technologies and data processes. During his time with Barker Lemar, Tracy worked hard every day to grow our capabilities, increase our capacity to serve client needs, and to establish and maintain trust and respect – not only from our clients, but also from those whom our clients serve. Tracy was an inspiring mentor and his passion was contagious amongst staff, clients, and vendors alike.