On May 1, Andrew Barton’s parents walked across the commencement stage at UP in honor of their son who was declared missing at the time. Surrounded by his peers they accepted his diploma on his behalf. Now, they will lay him to rest on June 4 at the Steilacoom Community Church in Washington.
"Early this week, Andrew's family let us know that Andrew, who has been missing since shortly before our 2022 commencement, has been found and has passed away." Acting President Herbert Medina said in an email sent to the UP Community.
Barton was pronounced dead on May 20, 2022, according to his obituary, and will be remembered at Sunday’s mass in the Chapel of Christ the Teacher at 10:30 a.m..
“Your prayerful support of Andrew’s family has been, and is, appreciated and continues to be a source of support for them.” Medina said in the email.
Barton was reported missing on April 29, according to an email sent earlier to the UP community. As of right now, no further details surrounding Barton’s death have been shared.
"Out of respect for the Barton family's wishes for privacy, the University is not commenting regarding Andrew's death." Michael Lewellen, UP's Vice President of Marketing and Communications said in an email to The Beacon.
He is survived by his parents Cynthia and Gary Barton, along with his brother Phillip Barton and Grandmother Rita Wood.
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