Jacob Anthony Burnett went home to his Heavenly Father on Saturday evening, October 2, 2010 at Wyoming Medical Center, Casper, Wyoming. He was surrounded by the deep love of his wife, mother, sisters and family along with the prayers of so many other family members and friends. Jake was born in Tustin, California to Philip and Joyce (Kohoutek) Burnett. He attended grade school in Wahpeton, North Dakota; grade school and junior high in Sheridan, Wyoming and high school in Nederland, Colorado. He studied photography at the Art Institute in Denver, Colorado.
Jake was employed at Bresnan Communications as a Field Technician. He developed a love for Kempo (a mixed martial arts) and achieved his third brown belt and was progressing toward his black belt. He shared his talent through instructing others in the art. Jake enjoyed spending quality time with his family and was a loving and devoted father to his daughter Madison Jade. Jake was very well known for his generosity, kind heart, and giving spirit; always willing to lend a hand. Jake also enjoyed outdoor activities, cruising in his Jeep Wrangler and playing PS3.
He married Jamie Sytsma, his best friend and soul mate, on June 19, 2010 in a beautiful outdoor ceremony at Kendrick Mansion. Jake was the love of Jamie’s life and the memories they created together will live on in her heart forever.
Jake was more than just an amazing man, he was also a beloved son, son-in-law, brother, brother-in-law, father, husband, uncle, nephew, cousin, and friend. Jake’s sense of humor, laugh and smile, which could always brighten a room, will be deeply missed by all.
Jake was preceded in death by his maternal and paternal grandparents, Thomas and Adela Kohoutek, Lester and Jeanette Burnett, respectively, and his uncle, Rod Clemens.
He is survived by his wife, Jamie; mother, Joyce Burnett; father, Philip Burnett; daughter, Madison Jade Burnett; sisters, Charice (Scott) Butler and Jessica Burnett; and aunt Judy Clemens.
If you wish, memorials may be made under Jake’s name at Citco Federal Credit Union in Sheridan. Funds will be used to purchase a Memorial Bench for Jake at the sight of the accident and to assist the family with financial obligations.
A viewing will be held from 7-9pm, Thursday, October 7th, 2010 at Champion Ferries Funeral Home on Whitney St. in Sheridan, WY.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am Friday, October 8, 2010 at the First Presbyterian Church on Colonial Drive in Sheridan, Wyoming with Pastor Brian Johnson officiating. Interment will be in the Sheridan Municipal Cemetery. Arrangements are with Champion Ferries Funeral Home.