Snowboard pioneer and founder of Burton, Jake Burton Carpenter has died at 65. A company spokesperson confirmed his death today (November 21) after complications from a second battle with testicular cancer.
In an email to employees, John Lacy, Burton’s co-chief executive officer expressed that Jake “passed away peacefully last night surrounded by his family and loved ones as a result of complications from recurring cancer.”
He continues, “This all happened very suddenly, and it’s a tremendous loss for his family, his friends and all of you. We will share more details about plans to celebrate Jake’s life soon. Today, please take the time and space you need to process this very sad news. If you need to go home and be with loved ones or prefer to stay today, please do what is best for you. At noon today, we will be holding a gathering in the lobby/store for those who benefit from grieving with others; it will be a time to share stories, and celebrate an incredibly full life.
“As a start of our celebration of Jake’s life, I’d encourage everyone to do what Jake would be doing tomorrow, and that’s riding. It’s opening day at Stowe, so consider taking some turns together, in celebration of Jake.”
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It is with a very heavy heart that we share that Burton founder Jake Burton Carpenter passed away peacefully last night surrounded by his family and loved ones as a result of complications from recurring cancer. He was our founder, the soul of snowboarding, the one who gave us the sport we all love so much. #RideonJake
This is his second time battling with testicular cancer, the first being in 2011. He also was immobilized by Miller Fisher syndrome, a rare form of Guillain-Barré syndrome. During that near-fatal bout, he spent seven weeks in a hospital bed paralyzed except for his hands, reliant on a respirator and breathing tube to stay alive.
Since 1977, Jake has been a pioneer for the sport of snowboarding including helping it become a billion-dollar business with Burton. He also aided in the sport becoming an Olympic sport at the 1998 Nagano Winter Games. More recently, he launched Mine77, a limited-edition collection of apparel and gear that features innovative fabrics and cutting-edge technology.
Rest in peace, Jake Burton.