Burke Gordon Barker
(1945 - 2017)
April 24, 1945 - March 15, 2017 Burke Gordon Barker passed away peacefully March 15, 2017, surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Bellingham, Washington on April 24, 1945. Burke’s family soon moved to Everett, Washington where he graduated from high school in 1963. Burke headed off to Marietta College in Marietta, Ohio where he was President of his fraternity, Alpha Sigma Phi, editor of the yearbook, The Mariettana, and was elected to Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities in his senior year. Most importantly, Burke met the love of his life, Jeanne Capri, on spring break in Florida. Their attraction was immediate and their relationship flourished throughout their undergraduate and graduate years. Burke went on to receive his MBA in International Finance from Rutgers University. After his graduation from Rutgers, Burke served in the U.S. Army. He was proud of his service to his country and received a Purple Heart after sustaining life threatening injuries in Vietnam. His recovery was long and painful, but never once did he complain. Burke and Jeanne were married in New York in April 1970. They moved to the Northwest where he worked in his family’s lumber business; Summit Timber Co., for 20 years. He was steadfast in his commitment to his community, serving on local bank boards and running political campaigns throughout the city and state. He also served as a chairman of United Way in Snohomish County. When he left Summit Timber Company, he started a number of small businesses, but was most proud of his creation of Empire Home Remodeling, where he partnered with his wife to create a local business that will carry on his legacy. As a resident of Woodinville, Washington, he continued to be an integral part of the community as a member of Woodinville Rotary, President of Seattle Execs and the Evergreen Fly Fishing Club. Burke’s many interests included gardening, fly fishing, hiking, yellow labs, golf and Husky Football... Burke pursued his passion for fly fishing by traveling the world with close friends and spending time on local rivers. A devoted father, he spent time teaching his daughter, Gena, the joys of the Northwest and sharing with her his love of fly fishing, hiking and his adoration of animals... especially yellow Labs. Burke is survived by his beloved wife, Jeanne; and their daughter, Gena Barker Schirer and son-in-law Alex Schirer. His adorable granddaughter, Lauren Capri Schirer will miss her “Pop” greatly and wishes she could have introduced her brother, Brooks Burke Schirer, to her “Pop”. Burke leaves his loving sisters, Linda Spear of Seattle, Washington and Diane Kieland of Everett, Washington, as well as his sister-in-law, Joyce Kranda and brother-in-law Michael Kranda of Medina, Washington along with his many wonderful, caring nieces and nephews. A celebration of Burke’s life will be held Saturday, May 6, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church of Bellevue, 1717 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue, WA. Reception for friends and family to follow. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that a gift in Burke’s name be sent to support Dr. John Yu’s cutting edge brain tumor research at Cedars Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles, California. We are grateful for the extraordinary care that Burke received there. Donations to be made to Cedars Sinai with a memo line Dr.Yu – Burke Barker, Cedars Sinai Hospital, Attn: Paola Werstler, 8700 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048. Donations may also be sent in Burke’s name to Evergreen Foundation -Hospice @ 12822 124th Ln., Kirkland, WA 98034 where Burke received outstanding care.