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Posted: Sunday, December 2, 2001 10:00 pm

The LaBarthe family

By News-Sentinel staff

The family: Daryl and Janie LaBarthe, daughter Terrie Hinders, and sons Daryl Jr. and Jason — all grown and on their own.

Terrie Hinders is a stay-at-home mom. Daryl Jr. works as a designer for Canac Kitchens Designs and Jason attends Sacramento City College majoring in cheer and dance.

He coaches cheer squads for Tokay High School, and has coached for six years for the dance team at the University of the Pacific, and works for Pyramids in Concord, a cheer and dance studio which will open a new group in Lodi called Pyramid/720.

Daryl and Janie met in grade school. Janie was born in Stockton, and Daryl was originally from the Bay Area, but his family moved to Stockton when he was in the third grade. The two met and sparked a relationship that has lasted to this day. They grew up together and were married in 1973.

“We had to get permission from a judge, because we were only 17,” Janie said.

Daryl works as a manager for shipping and receiving for Valley Industries, which manufactures hauling and towing equipment.

Activities, hobbies, sports: “Dancing, big time,” Janie said.

They own and operate the Dance Connection studio, and everyone in the family loves to dance. Now even the grandchildren are dancing tap, jazz and ballet. Janie no longer dances, but does teach four days a week.

All kinds of sports inspire them as well. The boys played baseball, basketball, football, soccer and golf, and Daryl Jr. loves to go snowboarding with his fiancée.

Jason doesn’t have time for it anymore, but used to compete in equestrian three-day eventing, Janie said, and Daryl Jr. played in the 1988 Babe Ruth World Series in Rhode Island.

Core values as a family: “God.” Janie said emphatically. “He is the center of our lives and what has kept us together.”

Best cook: “It’s not me — it’s big Daryl and that’s the truth,” Janie said laughing.

As for a favorite dish, Janie said it’s barbecued ribs.

“Whenever grandpa is cooking, that’s the order.”

Favorite vacation spot: “All our summer vacations were usually spent somewhere on a ball field,” Janie said.

Because the boys were active in baseball leagues, the family traveled to the games and spent a lot of time in hotels. The kids were always making the All Stars, she said, so that is where the family went. They also enjoy Santa Cruz and Lake Tahoe.

Best family feature of Lodi: “Lodi is a great place for families,” Janie said. “That is one reason we chose to come back into town, from the country. We wanted Lodi.”

She values the community because it is tight knit and family oriented.

Plans for future: “In 20 years, I definitely hope to be retired, spending time with our grandkids,” janie said. “In five years, we will still be working, but I hope not as hard. We are looking forward to not paying college tuition any more.

“We are very, very blessed.”

Families come in many configurations. If you would like to nominate a family (even your own) for our series, please contact Panorama editor Julia Priest at (209) 369-7035 or e-mail julia_priest@lodinews.com


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