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James (DEAN) Kenneth Burns
  • 27 years old
  • Date of birth: Apr 12, 1989
  • Date of passing: Oct 23, 2016
Let the memory of James (DEAN) be with us forever

"The beauty of life does not depend on how happy you are, but on how happy others can be because of you." - unknown

These words are the perfect way to describe Jim "Dean" Burns; our son, brother, nephew, uncle, grandson, cousin and friend.  Seeing the outpouring of love that our family has received after the news of Jim's death simply reinforces how much his light touched everyone around him.  

He was a talented artist, designer, and a computer wizard.  Jim was hilarious, smart and the most kind and loving human being you'd ever meet. He graduated from North Sanpete High School in 2007, while simulatneously earning his Associates degree from Utah State.  He actually received his Associates degree the week before he graduated from High School. In recent years he had been a student at the University of Utah working towards a Bachelors degree.  He had a deep passion for computers and animation.

Jim was a gift to everyone that was lucky enough to know him.  

We are heartbroken at the loss of Jim and know that it will profoundly change each of our lives as we continue on without him,  but thanks to the selflessness and love that Jim showed each of us, we will find the strength to move forward with our broken hearts and help each other heal.  Because he spent his life on earth trying to make everone happy, I know he will give us the strength to get through this terrible tragedy.

Our memories of Jim will help us get through the difficult days that lie ahead.  Although he may no longer be here with us physically, he will be there by our sides through all of the good moments, and the hard times that are to come.  We have not yet felt the full magnitude of this devastating loss, it will be felt deeply for the rest of our lives. 
If you are close to the family or Jim's good friends, please continue to reach out in the weeks, months and years to come.  Your support will always be welcome.  It is only through the grace and kindess of our family and friends that we will be able to get through this.

Jim is survived by his father Fred, his beautiful mother Kris, and step-father Kelly. His amazing brother and best friend, Justin (Judy). His brother Barclay and sisters Brooke (Kelly) and Tiffany. His Nanny and Grandpa Hal, his aunts and uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and COUNTLESS friends!

Preceded in death by his grandfather, Richard Madsen and his cousin Kimmi Tanner.

Jim loved life and was adventurous and made us laugh every chance he got.

Life will not be the same without him so we need to find comfort in those around us. He would want nothing more than continued happiness for the friends and family that he left behind.

A celebration of Jim's life will be held on Saturday October 29th - An open house will be held at the LDS church on 11420 S 700 W Draper, UT 84020 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm. At 8:30 pm close friends and family will gather at the home of Kris Burns to give Jim a send off with LED lit balloons! The address for the balloon sendoff is 661 Dunning Court, please park at the church where the open house is being held.

A go fund me account has also been created for the family;

Jims go fund me

This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, James (DEAN) Burns, 27, born on April 12, 1989 and passed away on October 23, 2016.

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Jennifer Scott on 6th November 2016

"Have been blessed to have dear Tiffany as a friend these past few years. We have shared good times and sad times. There is nothing so sad as losing a son, bother, friend-my heartfelt sympathies to your entire family-prayers for Dean-you will all meet again someday!"

This tribute was added by Robin Nielson on 29th October 2016

"I am so sorry for your loss. He was a wonderful young man and Dean and I enjoyed our association with you and your family.
Evelyn Lehmitz"

This tribute was added by Amanda Finlayson on 27th October 2016

"I am so incredibly sorry for your loss! Compassion and kindness must be  a strong family trait, because Tiffany (Jim's sister) is also a beautiful light in this world. I wish I could give you some wisdom or comfort that could lessen the pain you are all feeling."

This tribute was added by Aimee Wightman on 27th October 2016

"My deepest and heartfelt condolences to Dean's family. He was an amazing friend to my son Tad Jensen and helped get him through many rough days. He was always so incredibly warm and a very easy person to be around and I will always remember him with great fondness. I will be forever grateful that he was such a wonderful friend to Tad and brought so much to his life. Dean will be missed immensely and the world will be a little less brighter without him here."

This tribute was added by Rachel Burraston on 27th October 2016

"~ Dean and Justin have been brothers to Jace most of his life, and they have been such good friends to him.  I know Dean will be forever missed by his friends and family.  Please try to find comfort in knowing that he is ok, in fact even happier than he has ever been here on earth!  He will always be right there with each and every one of you, cheering you on and watching over you. <3
Having experienced this kind of loss, know that I am here for your family.  It has been 10 years since we lost Jessica.  It will never go away, and people may expect you to "get over it", which is so wrong.  Of course you will always feel and grieve this loss... But, you will start to heal.  My deepest sympathies go out to you all.  Know that I am here for you anytime."

This tribute was added by Chad Vigil on 26th October 2016

"I have always admired Dean's brain and his desire to think way way outside the box. He was a witty kid and loved by many.
Love and support is all around you, Justin. Still thinking of and praying for you my man"

This tribute was added by Kelly Thayer on 26th October 2016

"To lose a child is the worst thing ever.  I hope all you know that Jim is there with you always.  There will be times when you feel his presence and you can be assured that he is alive in spirit. My deepest sympathies, my daughter, Veronica Knowlton and my son-in law, Jacen Knowlton are devastated.  They will be a support system for Justin forever."


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