Memorial for local man who died hiking in Colorado Saturday
by Michelle Babcock
June 22, 2014 01:04 AM | 3384 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A memorial service was held Saturday at 2 p.m. for a 25-year-old Woodstock native who died last week while hiking in Rocky Mountain National Park.

Matthew Burklow, a Towne Lake native who was living in Colorado, died last Monday while hiking on Longs Peak Mountain in Colorado, his father, J. Kent Burklow, said.

“He passed away while enjoying his passion for hiking, following a tragic fall,” Burklow said about his youngest son. “He was returning from the summit of a non-technical trail known as the Keyhole Route, down the Trough area of the Longs Peak Mountain. Inclement weather is believed to have contributed to the accident.”

Matthew Burklow was an avid hiker and experienced rock climber, his father said. Burklow had recently trained in ice climbing and completed the entire 2,400-mile Appalachian Trail in 2012, which stretches from Georgia to Maine.

“Several days passed before his body was recovered due to the bad weather,” his father said.

Burklow attended Etowah High School and graduated from Cherokee Christian School in 2008, the same year he married Haley Newlon Burklow.

“Both grew up in Cherokee County, and in November of last year, moved to Ft. Collins, Colo., from Murfreesboro, Tenn., where they attended Middle Tennessee State University,” Burklow’s father said.

Burklow was a nationally certified pharmacy technician, his father said, and he was in the process of transferring to Colorado State University in Ft. Collins.

A memorial service was held in celebration of Burklow’s life Saturday at 2 p.m., at Hillside United Methodist Church, at 4474 Towne Lake Parkway in Woodstock.

The family requested that instead of flowers, gifts be made to a Memorial Fund in honor of Matthew D. Burklow, at Cherokee Christian School, 3075 Trickum Road, Woodstock.

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