Jason W. Barton, 48, Wyndmere, ND, passed away Monday, November 6, 2017. A Funeral Service will be 10:00 a.m., Monday, November 13, at Bethel Lutheran Church, Wahpeton. Visitation will be Sunday from 4 PM to 6 PM with a 6 PM Prayer Service at Bethel Lutheran Church and one hour before the service at the church. Interment will be at Elk Creek Cemetery, Wyndmere. Arrangements have been entrusted to Vertin-Munson Funeral Home, Wahpeton.
Jason Walter Barton was born on May 14, 1969, in Breckenridge, MN, to Sandy Thiele and Lowell Barton. He grew up in Breckenridge and was raised by his mother, Sandy, and step-father, Ramon Springer. He graduated from Breckenridge High School in 1987 and then attended Moorhead State College in Moorhead, MN, where he received his Bachelor's Degree in accounting.
Jason married Colette Folkestad on September 14, 1991. They made their home in Wyndmere, ND, where they raised their five children. Jason worked at Bell Farms in Wahpeton for 12 years before he decided to follow his true calling for helping others and became a funeral director. Jason worked for the Vertin Company for 14 years at Glende-Nilson Funeral Home in Fergus Falls, MN, Joseph Vertin and Sons Funeral Home in Breckenridge, MN, and most recently at Vertin-Munson Funeral Home in Wahpeton.
Jason was a kind, caring and compassionate person, which was a gift he shared with every family that he served. Helping people came naturally for Jason, and he was always willing to go the extra mile to help someone, no matter what the circumstance was. Jason was a man of faith and he passed that on to his children. He was very involved with the Wyndmere United Methodist Church, where he served on the Pastor Parish Committee. In 2002 he became a charter member of the Headwaters Lions Club in Wahpeton.
Jason loved his family with all of his heart. He enjoyed taking his boys ice fishing and hunting and treasured taking his daughter, Serenity, to the father-daughter dance. Cindy and Jason had a tradition to go Christmas shopping for Colette every year. Jason and Colette opened their home and loved many foster children over the last 20 years.
Jason is survived by his wife of 26 years, Colette; his children, Cindy, Colson, Connor, Jason Paul, and Serenity; his grandchildren, Lavinia and Shane Borgen; his mother, Sandy Springer; his brother, Brian (Kris) Barton; and numerous other family members.
He was preceded in death by his father, Lowell Barton; his step-father, Ramon Springer; and his maternal and paternal grandparents.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the Wyndmere Education Foundation in the name of the Jason Barton Scholarship Fund.