Ethan Wallis Townsend, 'touched many lives and brought great joy to all who knew him'

Ethan Wallis Townsend, of Burlington Vt and Bozeman MT, passed away unexpectedly on April 4th, 2020 in Longmont, CO. We are heartbroken Ethan left us far too early. He will be deeply missed.

Ethan was born Dec 29, 1981, in Northampton, Ma,  to Marybeth Kearney Blakeney and Glenn Wallis Townsend. He is survived by his loving family; parents, Jim and Marybeth Blakeney, brother Adrian Seth Townsend (wife Dixie Lee and children Meara, Cailan, Tori, Adrian and Odin ), sister Acacia Maris Blakeney (partner Jay Brauch), step mother, Jeannie Martin Townsend and grandfather Matthew J Kearney Jr. He was predeceased by his father, Glenn Wallis Townsend, his brother, Craig Martin, his grandparents Ray and Van Blakeney, Moira Waldron Kearney and Don and Polly Townsend. He is also survived by many, many dear friends and extended family.

Ethan was a special person. He loved all animals and all animals loved him, but especially dogs. He had recently returned to school, studying for his Animal Behavior certification. He touched many lives and brought great joy to all who knew him. We will all hold him close to our hearts forever.

Donations in Ethans name may be made to Best Friends Animal Society. Go to to make a donation. Ethan’s Montana family celebrated him with a memorial gathering on April 6th, on Pete’s Hill in  Bozeman. Social distancing prevented many from attending. That memorial can be viewed at the Facebook page Always Ethan Always. We will wait to have his Vermont celebration when Covid-19 precautions are lifted. Look for an announcement at a later date. Until then, share great stories and many laughs with each other, as Ethan would have.

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