Bradley Allen Burton

Bradley Allen Burton passed away Dec. 23, 2019, at the age of 66.

Born Oct. 14, 1953, Brad was the first of three sons born to William and Nila Burton in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He is survived by his loving wife of 21 years, Mary; stepdaughters Michelle Peller (John Acosta) and Tamara (Shaun) Tabatabai; grandsons Aiden and Mason Tabatabai; brothers Scott (Karen) Burton and Keith (Paige) Burton; niece Valerie and nephew Brenton Burton.

He was a proud veteran who joined the U.S. Navy in 1973. He served as gunplot petty officer on a Knox-class frigate, the USS Elmer Montgomery (FF-1082), and later enjoyed many reunions with shipmates who also served aboard the Elmer Montgomery.

Following the Navy, Brad worked at Varian Medical Systems for 38 years. He was hired in Chicago in 1979 as a field service representative. In the mid-1980s, he moved to Palo Alto, California, to work on the company’s new C-series linear particle accelerator. By the early 1990s, Varian was developing additional software products, and Brad took on the role of manager responsible for supporting all software products. He was later awarded a U.S. patent for the company’s Smartscope remote-tuning technology.

During his tenure at Varian, Brad met and married Mary, an executive assistant with the company. They enjoyed travelling together on global business trips for more than 15 years, making friends wherever they went. Brad was a loving grandfather and cherished every moment with his grandsons.

A celebration of Brad’s life will be held at Callaghan’s Mortuary in Livermore at 11 a.m., on Saturday, Jan. 25. An online guestbook is available for condolences at