MARQUETTE, MI. - Jason Glen Barton, age 37, of Marquette, passed from this world on Thursday August 29, 2013.
Jason was born Andrew Bernard Dylong on April 2, 1976 in Florida and adopted at 20 months by Glen and Catherine Barton. The family moved often, due to Glen's work in the Air Force and eventually settled in Marquette in 1988 when Jason was 12 years old. A strong interest in skateboarding, snowboarding, and music shaped Jason's teenage years in Marquette, and his athletic inclinations and musical interest strongly influenced much of the following years.
After briefly attending Bi County High School, Jason graduated from Marquette Senior High School in 1994 and moved to the Pacific Northwest. He first went to Washington - Seattle and Olympia, and then to Portland, Oregon. During his time in Olympia, Jason learned how to play the drums and played in various bands. He also began bicycling, which became a lifelong passion. In 2001, following a summer working in Alaska, Jason moved across the country to Savannah, Georgia.
In Savannah, Jason devoted himself heavily to bicycling, both as a rider and bike mechanic, and became an award-winning cyclist, taking the Nestor Cup's elite "A" series points title and sprint championship in 2007. In 2008 he was honored by the Nestor Cup cycling series not only for his cycling skills, but also for his spirited recovery from a home break-in during which he was shot in the back. After Savannah, Jason moved to Carrollton to attend college and was one semester away from finishing a bachelor's degree in psychology before he relocated back to his teenage home, Marquette, in 2012. Jason's return to Marquette reunited him with many old friends. He worked at Johnson Glass Cleaning, spending much of his free time mountain biking on the area's numerous trails.
Those that knew Jason love him dearly, and will always remember his charming demeanor, sense of humor, and good natured quirkiness. Despite the many challenges in his life from a young age, he made the best of what life gave him. May he rest well.
There will be a memorial celebration of Jason's life on September 13th from 6:00-9:00pm at the Presque Isle Park Pavilion in Marquette. Attendees are requested to bring a dish and/or drink, and pictures or memories to share. The Fassbender Funeral Home is serving the family where condolences may be expressed online at fassbenderfuneral home.com