Born in Mount Vernon, Washington
Finnian Farrar Burn; April 20, 1977 April 9, 2014. Finnian will be remembered in many different ways, as a loving empathetic friend, poet, musician and software engineer. Finn was a unique individual, delightfully curious, intensely interested – always with a heightened sensitivity to the world and the people around him.
Finn was conversant in art, literature, sciences; it was hard to find a topic that he had not already researched and formed thoughtful opinions on. Finn loved being on the debate team in high school and you only argued with him if you were prepared to question everything you knew.
When Finn was nine, he attended a physics workshop for gifted children at UC Berkeley. He studied chemistry at Reed College in Portland, OR, computer science and engineering at the Queensland University of Technology, in Brisbane, Australia, and later; finance and business economics at Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA. Like his education, Finns work life spanned many interests including positions as a software programmer, software consultant, IT director, tutor and volunteer at an animal shelter.
Life was not easy for Finnian. Since high school he had to deal with Crohns disease, a leg injury sustained in hospital, and then struggled with an addiction that began with dependence on prescription medication. Brilliant Finn always soared, and sometimes flew too close to the flame.
Finnian touched many people during his short time with us; condolences have come in from all around the globe. His loving family; Colleen LaBotz and her partner Ray Maloney, father Mark Burn, step mother Laura Burn, brothers Brendan LaBotz and Ryan Burn and sister Hannah Burn, together with his large extended family and friends, will miss him deeply, always.
Farewell Tribute Information
A memorial to celebrate Finns life will be held May 4, 2014 between 2 and 5 pm at the Bellingham Cruise Terminal, 355 Harris Ave. Bellingham WA 98225, in the Dome Room on the second floor at the Alaska Marine Highway Ferry Dock. All are welcome who wish to join us, to share or just be with others who knew him.