It is with great sadness that we say goodbye to one of our own- Adam Jay Burton, known within our ranks as Dirty Little Irish.
We all knew Adam as a man who was small in stature, but a giant in personality and devotion. He will be dearly missed.
September 5, 1976 – December 9, 2011
In loving tribute to our beloved son, brother, teacher and friend Adam Jay Burton, born September 5, 1976, died at University Hospital during heart surgery on December 9, 2011.
Adam was born in Boulder, CO to Roger Burton and Nancy Burton (Hughes). He attended Longmont schools including Burlington Elementary, Sunset Middle, graduating in 1995 from Niwot High School. He attended the University of Northern Colorado and graduated with a degree in Art History in December 2000. After holding a variety of jobs, he returned to graduate school at Adams State College and received his Masters degree in Education in 2006. Thus began his love of teaching, teaching at high schools in the San Luis Valley and returning to Longmont in 2009 to teach at Flagstaff Academy.
One of his many loves was for the theatre and he proudly performed in many plays, including the Longmont Theatre Company. During the summer months, he followed his love of children and teaching to Chateaugay Summer Camp in New York State where he taught drama. Other of his most passionate interests included ardently following the English soccer team “Arsenal”; CU Buffs football; the New York Yankees; and any events in which his Flagstaff Academy students participated. He loved music and attending concerts.
Adam was preceded in death by his paternal Grandfather, Don Burton, and his Uncle, Jerry Hansen.
Adam is survived by his mother, Nancy Hughes and stepfather Lou Hughes of Longmont, and father Roger Burton and stepmother Patricia Creekmore of Steamboat Springs; his sister and best friend, Lindsay Burton, of Lakewood; grandparents Henry and Min Hines of Naples, FL and Lynne Burton of Longmont; Aunt Carol Hansen and cousin Kelsey Hansen of Erie; Uncle Jay Burton and his wife, Harriett of Tucson, AZ; numerous step-aunts and uncles and cousins; and countless friends all over the globe.
Adam had completed his “Five Wishes” before his death and in accordance with his wishes an Irish wake will be held to celebrate his life on Sunday January 8, 2012, at Mike O’Shays, 512 Main St., Longmont from 3 – 6 pm. All are welcome.
A scholarship fund in his name has been established at Flagstaff Academy, 2040 Miller Dr., Longmont. Share condolences at www.ahlbergfuneralchapel.com.
Online Obituary – Longmont Times (retrieved 9/13/2012)