Dean and Brad became instant friends their freshman year at BYUH. They were both part of the 6 freshmen that made the men's basketball team. He was the most loyal friend anyone could ask for. Dean and Brad spent so much time together that sometimes I'll admit at times I got jealous and felt as though Brad and I were fighting for Dean's attention. I have no doubt in my mind that Brad would have done anything for Dean and vice versa. I can't believe he is actually gone.
Brad passed away in his home Monday night October 4th from a seizure caused by Type I Diabetes. He's battled it since he was 14 and we were well aware of its severity. Dean can recall many times when he had to stab Brad with a glucose shot during his seizures. It's scary and he always feared Brad would one day have a seizure and no one would be there to give him the glucose shot when needed. We just didn't think it would be this soon.
I'm grateful that we had the priviledge and opportunity to have known such an amazing person. I'm also grateful that Dean was able to speak to him one last time a few days before his passing. It seemed all too convenient that they spoke that day. So many people have been influenced and affected by his passion of life and especially his passion and love for basketball. He was one of a kind and will dearly be missed!! We love you Brad Christopher Barton. R.I.P.
Me, Brad, and Nate
Visiting Brad in Utah... His stomping grounds.