Michael Burton

Michael Thomas Burton 53, of Atlanta Georgia was tragically killed in an auto accident on April 22, 2013. Michael was born to Dr. Thomas Burton and Janice Hall Burton on September 17, 1959 in Johnson City, Tennessee. Michael's childhood years were spent in San Antonio, Texas where he graduated from Winston Churchill High School, and then attended and graduated from the University of Texas San Antonio. Michael was predeceased by his Mother, Janice Hall Burton, his nephew Luke Urbanovsky, and long time-friend Bob Kelly.
Michael is survived by his longtime partner and best friend, Michael Marek, his father Dr. Thomas Burton, his brother David Paul Burton, and his half brothers John Paul Burton and Lewis Carlton Burton, as well as the entire Marek family. Additionally, there are a multitude of friends who mourn the loss of this fine man.
If any friend was asked to describe Michael the response would almost assuredly be that he had an infectious zest for life, abounding love for his friends, was fiercely loyal, extremely generous and had a wicked sense of humor.
Michael moved to Houston to pursue a career in business. He chose to enter the dairy industry and through his zeal, drive, and innate ability to build and maintain relationships, Michael became a recognized leader in his field. He was typically given the largest and most strategic of accounts and successfully propelled them to new levels effortlessly. Michael recently served as a legislative liaison for the Dairy industry on Capitol Hill in Washington, a task he was very proud of and one in which he excelled. Michael understood the guiding principles of good business; for him, product and service was an understood given and the rest was all about the relationship. Through the years many of Michael's clients became dear friends. Simply put, Michael loved his clients and his clients loved him.
A memorial service for Michael will be held Saturday, May 4th at 11 o'clock in the morning in the Rothko Chapel located at 3900 Yupon St. in Houston, Texas. Michael's family will be hosting a reception immediately following the service at the St. Regis Hotel, 1919 Briar Oaks Lane.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that contributions be made to the Michael Burton Memorial Scholarship Fund, which has been entrusted to the Maryland &Virginia Milk Producers Cooperative. These scholarships will benefit deserving students who are in need of financial aid to attend the college or university of their choice. Donations can be sent to the Maryland & Virginia Scholarship Fund, 1985 Isaac Newton Square West, Reston VA 20190.
Online condolences may be made at www.hmpattersonspringhill.com.


Published in Houston Chronicle from May 2 to May 3, 2013