John D. Burns May 28, 1951 -- June 20, 2014 John Daniel Burns, 63 years old, of Placerville, Calif., was born May 28, 1951. He passed away peacefully on June 20, 2014, following a short but courageous battle with pancreatic cancer, surrounded by his family and faithful canine companion, Wilson. He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Janelle Burns and son, Joseph Burns of Folsom; and sister, Kathleen Childs and nephews, Elliott and Colton Childs of North San Juan, Calif.; as well as the numerous members of the Gage family, which he married into, enjoying the many family gatherings over the years. He was preceded in death by his eldest son, Jordan in 2006; his father, Robert Burns (1998); mother, Kathleen Staiger (1995); and brother, William Timothy (1971). Born in Evanston, Ill., John was adopted by Bob and Kathleen Burns in 1952. As a family they lived in Ohio and Michigan, where he attended school. Each location lent him the ability to form long lasting friendships, some of which have lasted for 55 years. Attending East Lansing High School in East Lansing, Mich., he and a group of friends created "The Hulks Club," and beginning in 2010, those same friends had the chance to gather again, and did this on an annual basis. Formerly of Livermore, Calif., John worked in construction and then created his own company, JB Construction. Well known for his ability to assist homeowners with remodeling and new construction, his commitment to his craft has been appreciated by many of his longstanding clientele, many of whom became members of his wide circle of friends. In 2001, he and his family left Livermore and headed for the hills of Placerville. His appreciation for nature, the land and building helped him and Janelle create a wonderful home for their family. John's gifts were many. He will be forever remembered for his easy-going, wide grin; genuine, hearty laugh; and the kindness and love he bestowed upon his wife and two sons. The family would like to extend their deepest appreciation to the staff members of Snowline Hospice for the exceptional care provided to John. They are living angels and deserve so much recognition; especially Vickie M. Donations in his memory can be made at snowlinehospice.org.