Kevin Gerald Burton, age 63, passed away at home with his family on November 3,2020.
Most people that knew Kevin found him to be abrasive and irritable, but for those of us that truly knew him, he was a kind, big hearted individual. Kevin’s rough childhood left him with a thick skin that was hard to penetrate. His gruff exterior was a protective mechanism that he used to keep from getting hurt. Although many people didn’t realize it, Kevin was highly intelligent and very talented at many things.
Some of Kevin’s fondest memories included playing in chess tournaments in Junior High School; wrestling in High School and getting second in the State tournament; making pottery, at which he excelled; playing cards with friends and family, including poker, pinochle, and cribbage (at which he especially enjoyed beating his brother in law); He played both the piano and the bagpipes. A couple other of his interests were cooking and golf, where he once got a hole in one at the Berkeley Golf Course in Denver.
Kevin worked in all facets of construction and was eager to help remodel, install fences and do other work to help his friends and family. Kevin served two years in the Navy on the USS Mount Hood, from which he was honorably discharged. He enjoyed his time in the Navy being able to visit many different Pacific ports. Kevin loved to travel and his dream vehicle was an old school bus that he used to travel the country.
He was preceded in death by both his parents and three step fathers. Kevin is survived by six siblings and twenty seven cousins. In his later years he made a positive impact on his sister Tracey’s five grandchildren, teaching them to shoot, play cards and generally enjoying them.