OBITUARY: John Akinloye Jr., a Burnet native, was ‘renaissance man’

John Akinloye Jr. of San Marcos, and formerly of Burnet, passed away Feb. 20, 2013.

He is survived by his mother, Cynthia Akinloye-Walser and husband Bill of Burnet; father, John Akinloye Sr. of Houston; sister, Marian Akinloye-Ennis and husband Tim of New York; brother, Joseph Smith and wife Nikki and their son Phaeton of Cedar Park.

After graduating from Burnet High School in 2001, John received a track-and-field scholarship to Texas State University in San Marcos, where he won multiple conference championships. He earned a bachelor’s degree in exercise sports science in 2006 and a master’s in education in 2010.

John was a true renaissance man. He played piano, harmonica, tuba, trumpet, bass, lead guitar and drums. He was a music composer, a writer and an artist and was fluent in Spanish. John even played semi-pro football for the Corpus Christi Sharks arena football team in 2007.

He loved hunting, fishing, barbecuing and spending time with friends and family. He loved the Dallas Cowboys, the Burnet Bulldogs and, most of all, his Texas State Bobcats.

His passion was his band, the Peace Pipe Prophets, in which he entertained crowds in San Marcos and Austin as the lead guitarist. John’s relentless pursuit of success was unmatched; he could do anything to which he set his mind, evident in his life’s résumé. He made a positive impact on the lives of everyone who had the privilege to know him, and he will never be forgotten. ROCK HARD YOUNG MAN FROM NOW AND THROUGHOUT ETERNITY!

Visitation is 6-8 p.m. March 1 at Clements-Wilcox Funeral Home, 306 Texas 29 East in Burnet, (512) 756-2222. A service is 10 a.m. March 2 at Hill Country Fellowship Church. Interment will follow at Post Mountain Cemetery.

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