Jack O. Burns

jack burns

Denver Police Department-Retired He could usually be found in front of the ice cream shop on a bench eating the flavor of the day, which turned out to be a great sales technique. Those were the days Jack Burns enjoyed during his residency in Georgetown, Colorado. He was a small businessman there operating the Silver Queen Apothecary, along with an ice cream shop and shirt shop with his wife of 24 years, Carol. Jack was born to August and Mary Jane Burns on July 18, 1934 in Martins Ferry, Ohio and grew up in the area. Upon graduating from high school, he enlisted into the Navy as a fighting Seabee. After completing his tour of duty, he was discharged honorably and returned home. Jack quickly moved out west to Colorado, where he attended Regis College and worked as a carpenter until something better came along. That something was his first wife, Yvonne Padilla, whom he eloped with and started a family. A year later they had the first of five children: Christopher, Steven, Bryan, Kevin and Renee. Some time between Steven and Bryan Jack realized the need for a greater and more rewarding career ; he found it in law enforcement with the Denver Police Department. He began as a motorcycle cop then moved up to the K-9 squad, eventually into a Sergeant's position as a cadet trainer and gunsmith for the department's pistol range. Jack had a keen eye and a natural talent for shooting. He was one of the top sharpshooters the department has known to date. He later decided to take on more responsibility and became the head of the Bomb and Arson Unit for the department. After some intense training at some of the military installations around the country, he became proficient at his new duties of disarming explosive devises and investigating suspected arson fires throughout Denver County. It was his attention to detail that made him successful at bomb disposal. On July 4, 1972, Jack was called in to work because a car bomb had been found near the downtown area. It was a booby-trapped bomb that was purposely set for him and his team. He and two of his team members were injured on that day. Jack sustained the major impact of the explosion. Instantaneously, he lost his right hand, his right eye, the hearing in his right ear, and the lifestyle he knew. He was 38 years old at the time. He kept a positive outlook and always joked about how he 'went to pieces over his work'. On April 27, 1973, Jack received the Denver Police Medal of Honor for meritorious police service from the Denver Chamber of Commerce. After several years, a divorce, and a desire to get away Jack moved to Georgetown, Colorado. That was where he meet his second wife, Carol, and married her on December 27, 1987. Together they lived in a house on the hill and ran their business together. On one side of the Silver Queen Apothecary, Carol ran the pharmacy and ice cream bar; on the other side of the store, Jack worked the shirt shop. But, as age and the cold winters started to take their toll on them, they decided to move down to Golden, Colorado, where the winters were a bit more tolerable and the winds greatly diminished. They continued to operate the small business Jack started in 1978 called the Olde Red Shirt House Ltd. from their Golden area home. Carol would embroider hats, shirts and coats, and Jack would use his glass eye to check the work...nothing failed inspection. He was a wise man. Jack and Carol lived in Golden for 23 years. On August 17, 2011, Jack went to be with God after a three year struggle with dementia and Alzheimer's decease; he was 77. Carol predeceased Jack on July 20, 2011. In life, Jack modeled integrity, honor and duty to family and friends. He always enjoyed a good joke, cookies, and holiday dinners. He was never reluctant to help friends in need and would always offer to help with whatever he could do with his resources and abilities. He is survived by his five children and five grandchildren. Services for Jack will be held on Monday August 22nd at Ft. Logan National Cemetery at 10:15AM at staging area C at 9:45AM. In lieu of flowers the family has asked that contributions be made to Hospice of St John, Lakewood, Colorado or to the University of Colorado Foundation, direct your gifts to the Alzheimer's research fund in the name of Jack O Burns. Visit www.cufund.org or send a gift to University of Colorado Foundation P.O. Box 17126, Denver CO 80217-9155. God's peace be with you all and thank you for being a part of the life of Jack Oliver Burns. The Burns Family

Monday, August 22, 2011
10:15 AM 8/22/2011 10:15:00 AM
Fort Logan National Cemetery

3698 S. Sheridan Blvd
Denver, CO 80236

Staging Area 'C'

Fort Logan National Cemetery
3698 S. Sheridan Blvd Denver 80236 CO
United States

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Denver, CO 80235

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