It is with heavy hearts that we, the Burton Family, share the story of the passing of Barry Burton, a deeply loved grandpa, father, brother, and husband.
Barry Dean Burton passed from this life to his next with his Savior Jesus Christ, at his home, on Friday morning, June 26, 2020. He was born 5/5/55, lived 46 years in marriage to his wife Connie, had 4 children and 17 grandchildren. He will be, and already is, greatly missed.
Those who knew Barry Burton throughout the years, saw him in many different stages of life. And yet, in every stage he epitomized certain character traits, tender heartedness, creativity, and hard work.
His rough exterior, the gruff expressions, did nothing to hide his care and tender heartedness. For one of many examples, any time any of his 17 grandkids, would even remotely be in danger of hurting themselves, he would intervene, not able to bear the thought of a hurt child. He also lovingly pampered all his animals, including dogs, donkeys, and goats.
Throughout his life, dad expressed his creativity in a myriad of ways. He was an entrepreneur, starting almost as many businesses as he could imagine. Not only was he a dreamer, he worked to turn those dreams into reality. His kids and grandkids are the primary beneficiaries of that creativity. He worked “regular” jobs when he had to, but was ALWAYS thinking how to do the job better, faster, more efficiently. He started and ran a metal sculpting business, airport shuttle, real estate rental business and finally Lakeside RV Park which really met his style. There, he could regularly interact with people, but not for too long. He could “piddle” around at his own pace, doing what HE wanted to do, and no one could tell him what to do or how to do it. But more importantly he could CREATE something valuable from an empty field and call it his own.
The one characteristic dad exemplified the most was his continual hard work. Once, on being asked the question, “Why do you work so hard?”, he responded simply and profoundly, “Because I can.” Dad dealt with many setbacks throughout his life. Some would say more than his fair share. And though we may never know the true depths of those setbacks, or the depth to which he felt them, his actions, perseverance every day over years and years, with care, creativity, and hard work, he forged a life he and his family are proud of. His legacy, which can only partly be put into words, partly felt by each one of us is real. It is good. And we will pass that legacy down to our own children.
Written by Barry’s son, Jimmy Burton with love and support from all his sons and daughters, Becky, Chris and Christy, Ben and Mari, Preston and Rhodesy.
***Memorial for Barry Burton*** In response to statewide restrictions, Barry Burton’s memorial celebration will be conducted in an intimate family gathering on July 7, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. Access for the service will be available via Facebook/Zoom video premiere. We will also provide a zoom link after to share your memories, thoughts, and love with our family.
If you would like to be a part of the service and share memories, tributes, and words of encouragement, then record a video of yourself. For details on how to get it to the family, please contact Ben @281-610-8525. Please get them to Ben no later than Friday, July 3rd.
Please do not send flowers (Dad was not a fan). However, if you would like to give financially to our family click this link and choose Barry Burton's Memorial Fund.
To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Barry Dean Burton, please visit our floral store.