COMMERCE - The university flag at A&M-Commerce will fly at half staff Wednesday to honor Professor Gary Burton, who died last week while kayaking in Oklahoma.
According to the Oklahoma Lake Patrol, a witness reported seeing Burton’s kayak flip, then saw Burton swimming toward the kayak when he stopped swimming. Investigators say the witness was able to pull Burton to shore but was unable to resuscitate him. He was said to be wearing a life vest.
Visitation for Burton, who joined the Texas A&M University-Commerce faculty in 1996, is Friday at 9 a.m. at Bright Holland Funeral Home in Paris, 2601 Lamar Avenue. Service will follow at 10 a.m. Burton had served as associate professor and theatre director at the university since 2002.
A link to Burton's obituary can be viewed here.