It is with great remorse that we report that Jake Burton has passed away at the age of 65, Burton officials confirmed this morning. After multiple bouts with cancer, his cancer returned last month and he wrote in an email to his employees with optimism that he would overcome the battle.
In an e-mail to employees on Thursday, John Lacy, Burton’s co-chief executive officer, wrote:
“It is with a very heavy heart that I share the news that Jake passed away peacefully last night surrounded by his family and loved ones as a result of complications from recurring cancer. He was our founder, the soul of snowboarding, the one who gave us the sport we all love so much.
“This all happened very suddenly, and it’s a tremendous loss for his family, his friends and all of you. We will share more details about plans to celebrate Jake’s life soon. Today, please take the time and space you need to process this very sad news. If you need to go home and be with loved ones or prefer to stay today, please do what is best for you. At noon today, we will be holding a gathering in the lobby/store for those who benefit from grieving with others; it will be a time to share stories, and celebrate an incredibly full life.”
As a lifelong snowboarder myself and a person who grew up in Burlington, Vermont, home of Burton Snowboards I can truthfully say that I am one of many who would not be living the life I am today if not for Jake Burton’s determination to bring the sport of snowboarding to the masses. Thank you, Jake. —ML