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4/13/2013 10:00:00 PM
Obituary: Justin Michal Burns

Justin Michal Burns, 38, of Alamosa, Colo., died April 9, 2013, at his residence in Alamosa.

Mr. Burns was born on Nov. 16, 1974, in Boulder City, Nev., the son of Larry Martin and Dawn Stiver. He moved to Prescott, Ariz., as an infant and lived most of his life in Prescott.

He was adopted by Mr. Bob Burns of Prescott when his mother remarried. He graduated from Prescott High School in 1993.

Justin was a talented artist, mechanic and an expert on trains. Justin worked at his grandfather's garage, Car Care by Bob, nearly full-time from 1988 to 2012, with several short-term jobs working on railroads, his first love, in Arizona and Colorado. In 2005, Justin combined his talents to partner with his close friends Charles Armstrong and Brad Houk and opened the doors of Auto Art Studio in Prescott. They built high-quality custom vehicles. He was particularly adept at working on steam locomotives. In the fall of 2012, Justin relocated his family to Alamosa when he accepted a job with the Rio Grande Scenic railroad as a steam locomotive mechanic.

In 2005, Justin married Michelle Denison of Prescott. They have two children. He was a dedicated father of Ayden and Cheyenne. He particularly enjoyed sharing outdoor experiences with his children. They flew kites, fished, kayaked and four-wheeled in the hills.

Mr. Burns is survived by his wife, Michelle of Alamosa; children Ayden and Cheyenne Burns; mother and stepfather Dawn and San Stiver of Prescott; stepfather Bob Burns of Phoenix, Ariz.; father Larry Martin of Mena, Ark.; sisters Alanna Burns of Prescott, Kathleen Rubi of Phoenix, Ariz., Julie Daniels of Colorado Springs, Colo. and Jenny Berven of Fort Collins, Colo.; brothers Eric Burns of Brooklyn, N.Y., and Caleb Martin of Mena, Ark.; grandparents Bob and Arlene Mezeske of Prescott; uncle Rob Mezeske of Salem, Ore.; cousins Evan Mezeske and Andrea Mezeske; grandmother Nanette Martin of Las Vegas, Nev.; and niece Mataya Burns of Prescott.

The family will have a memorial to celebrate Justin's life 5:30 p.m. Saturday, April 20, 2013, at the Adult Center, 1280 E. Rosser St., Suite B in Prescott. In lieu of flowers, a PayPal account has been established for his children at justinburnsmemorialfund@gmail.com.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Article comment by: Lauren Welch

So very sorry to hear about Justin passing. I enjoyed knowing him, and being roommate with him on a move to Florida. My sympathy to all his family, especially to Alanna and Mataya, and to his good friend SC, my son.

Posted: Thursday, April 25, 2013
Article comment by: Lance Martz

Life will never be the same without you brother. We shared so many good times together. Your brothers here are left wondering how we go on without you now. None if us can remember a time when w couldn't wait to see you and spend time with you. We love you and will hold your memory close to our hearts always.

Posted: Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Article comment by: jj jones

God speed Justin,,, you will be missed by our family you were a great mentor to my husband and will never be forgotten

Posted: Monday, April 15, 2013
Article comment by: Pete Rushbrook

Justin will be missed. I always looked forward to visiting with him. Incredibly talented man. God Bless his family during these hard times.

Posted: Monday, April 15, 2013
Article comment by: Linda Logan

Dawn and Family,

I am so sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts, prayers, and blessings. No words can begin to fill your loss but you have memories that will sustain you through life.

Love to you, Linda Logan

Posted: Sunday, April 14, 2013
Article comment by: Louie Gomez

I am so sorry for your loss. Justin was a great man and will be dearly missed.

Posted: Sunday, April 14, 2013
Article comment by: the wino

Great Mechanical Talent--
the gear-heads in Prescott will miss you.
go with GOD.

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