With broken hearts, we announce that Adam Dunn Toronto passed away peacefully, but unexpectedly, on Nov. 16 in San Francisco, California where he lived and worked. He is survived by his parents Richard and Marilyn Toronto, his five siblings, Jesse (Tiffany), Esther, Joanna, Brett, and Abby Shumway (Rosson). He adored his nieces and nephews Madison, Robby, Eli, Taylor, Jordan, Ryland and Clara Toronto, and Rickie and Sunnie Shumway, and countless extended family, friends, and co-workers whom he loved.
Adam was born Feb. 20, 1981, and grew up primarily in Mesa Arizona, but also lived in Taiwan and Colorado during his childhood. He was a gifted pianist, athlete, and academic scholar growing up, graduating from Mountain view High School, after which he served a two-year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-DaySaints in Peru. He went on to earn a Bachelor of Science in Political Science from Arizona State University, followed by a Master of Science in Public Administration degree from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. He spent 15 years in the Life Sciences industry where he directed corporate compliance for many of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world. His remarkable career pursuits took him to Boston, Orange County, and San Francisco – all places that he loved and called home.
Adam’s sparkling personality, generosity, and love of people were truly unmatched. His unique ability to befriend and show true unconditional love for everyone he met garnered him thousands of friends from all walks of life, all of whom loved him deeply. He will be missed more than we can say.
Funeral services will be held Saturday Dec. 3 at 11am at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1266 S. 32nd St, Mesa, AZ 85204, with a viewing beforehand beginning at 9am. There will also be a viewing Friday night Dec. 2 from 6-8 at the Toronto home, 955 S 26th St. Mesa, 85204. In lieu of flowers, donations in Adam’s name can be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, one of his favorite charities.