Valley LDS leader and philanthropist dies, community mourns

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MESA - A man considered an LDS leader in the Valley died on Monday.

T. Dennis Barney, 62, died in his Gilbert home. His death has reportedly shocked his friends, many of whom are community leaders. Longtime friend Rock Arnett, president of East Valley Partnership, confirmed Barney's death to 3TV.

Barney was a philanthropist and significantly contributed to various charitable causes as well as to the Mormon Church.

One of Barney's most significant contributions was transforming a crime-ridden Mesa neighborhood into a place visitors enjoyed. He also spent millions of dollars refurbishing over 20 homes in the area.