It is with heavy hearts that we report the passing of Jake Burton Carpenter the founder of Burton Snowboards. He was 65-years-old. 

Officials from the company he founded, Burton Snowboards, confirmed his death. He emailed his staff this month saying his testicular cancer had returned.

In an e-mail to employees on Thursday, John Lacy, Burton’s co-chief executive officer, wrote: “It is with a very heavy heart that I share the news that Jake passed away peacefully last night surrounded by his family and loved ones as a result of complications from recurring cancer. He was our founder, the soul of snowboarding, the one who gave us the sport we all love so much.”

Lacy went on to say, “This all happened very suddenly, and it’s a tremendous loss for his family, his friends and all of you. We will share more details about plans to celebrate Jake’s life soon. Today, please take the time and space you need to process this very sad news. If you need to go home and be with loved ones or prefer to stay today, please do what is best for you.  At noon today, we will be holding a gathering in the lobby/store for those who benefit from grieving with others; it will be a time to share stories, and celebrate an incredibly full life.”

Jake Burton Carpenter brought the joy of snowboarding to the masses. He will be deeply missed.

Carpenter is survived by his wife as well as his sons Timi, George and Taylor.