Lyons – Dr. Tim
Burns of Lyons died Sunday, March 22, 2015 in a tragic diving
accident off the Washington coast. He was born in Long Beach,
CA to Jimmie and Doris A.M. Burns, his military family
eventually called Seattle home. Dr. Burns attended Queen Anne
High School in Seattle and completed his undergraduate degree
at Carroll College in Helena, MT. There
he met his future wife, Cindy. They were married June 29, 1985
at Immaculate Conception Church in Stayton.
Dr. Burns attended
dental school at Loyola University School of Dentistry in
Chicago, IL, graduating in 1989. He practices a short time in
the Washington and Southern Oregon areas before moving to his
wife’s hometown of Stayton and establishing his own
In 1997, he
purchased his father-in-law’s long standing pharmacy and
converted the 1930’s home to a dental practice. By 2006, the
practice had outgrown the small office space, and the building
gave way to a new, modern Craftsman dental office. Dr. Burns
operated the general dentistry practice in Stayton for 18
years. He loved the practice of dentistry and found his true
calling assisting the less privileged in the Santiam Canyon
through his dental work.
volunteered for the Oregon Mission of Mercy dental corps, the
Stayton Community Action Center, and was the only volunteer
dentist for the children’s dental van servicing under
privileged children and families in the Santiam Canyon. He was
an active member of the community as well. Dr. Burns held
long-standing positions on the YMCA Board, and as Chairman of
the Chemeketa Dental Assisting Board, Council position at St.
Mary’s Church in Shaw, and charter school Board President.
Dr. Burns was a member of the Oregon Dental Association and an
active member of Stayton/Sublimity Chamber of Commerce, and
was named one of America’s top dentists in 2008 and 2012.
Tim was a loving and
devoted husband and father and his children were his pride and
joy. He cherished family time, whether it was hiking with his
children, helping them with schoolwork, or just being there
for support. He enjoyed agate hunting at the beach, deer and
pheasant hunting with family, travel with his wife Cindy and
his children, and as a diehard Seahawk’s fan, attending
Seattle Seahawks games.
Dr. Burns was
preceded in death by his mother, Doris Burns. He is survived
by his wife of 30 years, Cindy (Ackerman) Burns; daughters:
Ashley Burns and Jessica Burns; and son: Johnathan Burns. In
addition to his immediate family, he leaves three sisters:
Kathleen (Steve) of Renton, WA, Terri (Jose) of Woodinville,
WA, and Shannon of Olympia, WA; brother: Gerry(Margie) of
Renton, WA; father: Jimmie Burns of Albany; and father and
mother-in-law: Pat and Shirley Ackerman of Salem.
A private immediate
family service will be held at St. Mary’s Church. A public
celebration of life reception for family, friends, and the
community will be held on April 25, 2015 from 1-4 at Anthony
Hall in Sublimity. The family requests no flowers but asks
that donations be made in his name to St. Mary’s Church in
Shaw or to the Oregon Mission of Mercy. Serving the family, North
Santiam Funeral Service, Stayton.