Thomas Wayne Burns
Thomas Wayne Burns of Bothell passed away on Wednesday, April 25, 2018 in Seattle after a long battle with Esophageal Cancer.
A funeral mass will be held Friday,
May 4, 2018 at St. Brendan Catholic Church in Bothell with a reception to follow.
Please contact the family for more information
Tom was born September 22, 1958 in Nampa Idaho. A huge baseball fan, he pitched on the Idaho American Legion State Championship teams in 1975-76 and is a member of Nampa High Sports Hall of Fame. He also played baseball for the College of Southern Idaho and earned a Business degree from City University.
In 1979, Tom moved to Seattle to start a long and successful career at Boeing. First a QA inspector, he moved into multiple IT roles in the 80's and 90's and ended his career as a Vice President for the International Support Services organization.
In 2005, Tom had a wild idea for patenting a new product that would improve your coffee experience and "seal it tight, keep it hot" which led to the founding of StixToGo in 2006. Over the past 12 years, Tom grew StixToGo from an innovative idea to the industry standard that brings you the cool "stopper stixs" you get at your favorite coffee shops around the world.
He often said that his Stix idea was amazing but his daughter Alexandra and son Jordan were his greatest achievements. Being self employed gave him the "best years of his life" to spend close to home helping to "grow them" as he grew the business and the family.
Tom will be missed deeply by all who knew and loved him. He collected friends everywhere he went and always had a story for each one of them. He was generous with his time, money, advice, experience, and opinions; as well as a terrible driver and a fearless leader in everything he attempted from Boeing to Baseball to Boy Scouts to StixToGo.
He loved to have fun and to throw great parties. Tom was known to show up as a Superhero, Tigger or a Marshmallow Peep on Halloween or any other time the occasion called for it. Throughout his life he remained a devoted fan of the SF Giants, Seattle Mariners and the UW Huskies as well as any and every sport team his wife and children participated in.
Tom is survived by his wife of 29 years Julia Walters-Burns, daughter Alex, and son Jordan. He is also survived by siblings Jayne (George) Burnett, Chuck (Ami) Burns, Laurie (Andy) McCluskey, and Martin (Lisa)Burns; several nieces, nephews, cousins, several in-laws and many, many friends around the world. He was predeceased by his parents Bob and Helen Laurene (Novis) Burns.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Academy of Precision Learning http://www.aplschool.org/
; Autism Speaks www.autismspeaks.com
or Ronald McDonald House https://www.rmhcseattle.org/
Also, next time you buy a hot beverage, don't forget to take a StixToGo Stopper Stix! You know you need one!
Sign Tom's on-line
Guest Book at www.Legacy.com