Indigo Rescue lost a valued friend and volunteer last week. John Burns passed away last Sunday, January 27th, 2013 from a massive heart attack. He was 56 years old.
John was extremely active in supporting Indigo Rescue. He did most of his volunteer work at Indigo Ranch, and spent nearly every weekend for more than a year working on various projects for us. He was a huge part of building Dorm II and Dorm III, the Bunny Bungalow, and the sheltered outside area for the chickens. John was extremely knowledgeable, creative, and a hard worker. Most important, he was a big lover of animals, and very supportive of the work we do. John was a crusader on other levels too. Because he had an autistic son, he was always working to improve options for education available to autistic people. He worked tirelessly to improve the Beaverton School District as an advisor to their budget committee. He was also a music lover and fought to save the music programs in our schools. Everyone who spent any amount of time with him, knew of his passion to right wrongs and defend those who were weaker. As my next door neighbor and friend, he was also a big support to me in my day to day work for Indigo Rescue.
John will be deeply missed. Rest in Peace, my friend.