Richard Lee Burt, our wonderful husband, father, and family patriarch, returned to the loving embrace of his Father in Heaven on the morning of February 29, 2024, just twelve days shy of his ninety-second birthday. A child of the Great Depression, and the second of two sons born to Helen Catherine (Brown) and James Watson Burt, Jr., he shared a dog, a bed on the sleeping porch, a slightly used basketball, and a close-knit family with his older brother, Jay, whom he loved. His maternal grandmother, Goldia Bean Brown, taught him the gospel of Jesus Christ and made sure he attended church services with her every Sunday.

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He graduated from East High School in Salt Lake City, where he played football and tennis. Soon after graduating, he met the love of his life, Dorothy Ann Jensen. Due to the military conflict in Korea in the early 1950s, he was unable to serve a church mission and began studies at the University of Utah instead. Vulnerable to the draft, he joined the United States Marine Corps because they allowed him to complete his studies before being mustered into service. He graduated from the “U” in 1953 with a degree in Finance and completed Officer Candidate School at Paris Island, SC, soon after.

He and Dorothy were married in the Salt Lake Temple on the 10th day of September 1953. A little more than a year later, their family grew with the birth of their son, Steven.

Dick, as he was known to friends, left almost immediately for military service and training in Kansas and Puerto Rico, eventually serving twelve long months in Korea as a Lieutenant. It was a service he was proud to recall in his well-told stories. Dick and Dot (as she was known to friends) welcomed a second child into the family when Lee Ann was born on Dad’s birthday, March 12, 1957. They purchased a small home in Rose Park, on Sunset Drive, where Dick served as an assistant ward clerk.

In 1959, a second baby girl, Lori, joined the family, and Dick moved the family into a tiny duplex on Lake Street while a red-brick, split-level house was being built for them in a faraway place called Cottonwood Heights. It was there they put down roots, and made life-long friends, and a third baby girl, Kristine, was born in 1963. Decades later, in 2015, they moved to South Jordan and met new friends.

Dick led a distinguished life of continual service to others, serving in various church callings including Elder’s Quorum President, Bishop of the Butler 2nd Ward, Stake President of the Cottonwood Heights One time, when I was in the Marine Corps ... Stake, and President of the Kingston Jamaica Mission. He served faithfully in the Jordan River Temple, including as a counselor in the temple Presidency. He was a sealer both there and in the Salt Lake Temple.

In his professional career, he worked for Walker Bank, Standard Oil of California, and the State of Utah where he rose through the ranks of bank and credit union examiners to eventually become the Commissioner of Financial Institutions.

He is survived by his loving wife, Dorothy, his son, Steven Burt (Janet), his daughters Lee Ann Sorensen (Darwin), Lori Love (Doug), and Kristine Porter (Rick), seventeen grandchildren, and 44 great-grandchildren. His parents, grandparents, his brother Jay and beloved aunt Lois, and a granddaughter, Kristel, preceded him into paradise, no doubt filled with joy to see him again.

A viewing will be held on Tuesday evening, March 5, from 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM, and for one hour prior to funeral services to be held Wednesday morning at 11:00 AM in the River Ridge 10th Ward LDS Chapel, located at 1409 W Shields Lane in South Jordan, Utah.

The family wishes to extend their deepest thanks to the caregivers with Crescent Senior Living and Aspire for their kind concern and tender treatment of dad during his stay there.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the LDS Church General Missionary Fund.

Services

Viewing

Tuesday, Mar. 05, 2024 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
River Ridge 10th Ward LDS Chapel
1409 W Shields Lane
South Jordan, UT 84095

Viewing

Wednesday, Mar. 06, 2024 10:00 AM - 10:45 AM
River Ridge 10th Ward LDS Chapel
1409 W Shields Lane
South Jordan, UT 84095

Funeral Service

Wednesday, Mar. 06, 2024 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
River Ridge 10th Ward LDS Chapel
1409 W Shields Lane
South Jordan, UT 84095

Burial

Wednesday, Mar. 06, 2024 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
Larkin Sunset Gardens Cemetery
1950 East Dimple Dell Road (10600 South)
Sandy, UT 84092

Services Handled By

Larkin Sunset Gardens
1950 E 10600 S
Sandy, UT

Life Story Info

Author

Steven Burt

Post Date

Mar 02, 2024

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Personal Info

Age

91

Gender

Male

Religion and Beliefs

Latter-day Saint

Military Affiliation

  • Marine Corps

Worked For

  • State of Utah

Education

  • Bachelor's
    University Of Utah
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I always liked that he pushed that mower with the catcher on the back. And the many times he would get the steal the flag game in his back yard.

Thanks for all the good times and we just love the Burt family. Thoughts and prayers.

Jeff Bullock

Jeff Bullock , Mt Pleasant, UT, US Mar 02, 2024

I always liked that he pushed that mower with the catcher on the back. And the many times he would get the steal the flag game in his back yard.

Thanks for all the good times and we just love the Burt family. Thoughts and prayers.

Jeff Bullock

Jeff Bullock , Mt Pleasant, UT, US Mar 02, 2024

I always liked that he pushed that mower with the catcher on the back. And the many times he would get the steal the flag game in his back yard.

Thanks for all the good times and we just love the Burt family. Thoughts and prayers.

Jeff Bullock

Jeff Bullock , Mt Pleasant, UT, US Mar 02, 2024

My friend and my mentor, and such a great man and servant of our Father in Heaven

Robert Harrington , Saint George, UT, US Mar 02, 2024

My friend and my mentor, and such a great man and servant of our Father in Heaven

Robert Harrington , Saint George, UT, US Mar 02, 2024

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