Max Douglas Burke left this mortal existence on Father's Day, June 18, 2023 at the LDS Hospital in Salt Lake City. He battled cancer bravely for many years, but died of pneumonia and many complications.
He never complained and took his trials in stride. He was born October 30, 1941 to Max Hardy and Beth Reeves Burke, and was raised in Logan, Utah. He was graduated from Logan High School and Seminary. He received further education at Utah State University and Salt Lake Community College. He was graduated from LDS Institute at Utah State in 1964. He loved his Father in Heaven and read the Book of Mormon until the pages fell out.
He married his sweetheart Marie Anderson in the Logan LDS Temple on a frosty December morning in 1960. He ran out of gas on their way to the temple at 5:30 a.m. But that is another story. He worked in banking in Alhambra, California and as a sales representative in Twin Falls, Idaho, and in Salt Lake City for Zellerbach Paper. He was a very successful salesman. His long term career was working at the headquarters of the LDS Church in the Purchasing Department and in the graphics section of the Curriculum Department. He really enjoyed his work and his associations there. He was the first person in Utah to earn his CPM (Certified Purchasing Manager). He was acknowledged for his extraordinary effort for the Curriculum Department in 1997.
He was well known for his puns and loved to tell good jokes. Doug loved books on humor and quotations and he had a huge collection. He even wrote one himself. He had a beautiful singing voice and even got to sing for Elder Holland years ago.
Doug loved the Lord and was a dedicated member of the LDS Church serving in many ward and stake positions. His favorite calling was Gospel Doctrine Teacher. He served as a Temple Worker in the Salt Lake Temple for eight years. He served in nine Elders Quorum Presidencies (that in itself should be enough to get him into heaven), he was Seventies President, and served in several High Priests Group Leaderships. He served as a Church Service Missionary at Historic Temple Square for four years where he served with his wife as Group Leaders over Group "C" for two and a half years. The missionaries looked so forward to the jokes Doug would give every single time he conducted a meeting, which was often several times each week. Their group had over one hundred of the finest missionaries on the earth, and they each were held in the highest regard by Doug and Marie.
He loved to travel and toured the world with his wife to 50 countries, some of them 10 times each. This was a very enriching, delightful, and educational part of Doug's life. He is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Marie, his children, Suzanne Page (Mike), Steven Burke (Janice), David Burke, Jennifer Whitear (Roger). His grandchildren Mandi Augustin (Brad), Mason Page (Sadie), McKensie Badal (Joshua), Madeline Page, Kellee Page, Brandon Burke (Kelsie) and baby on the way, Taylor Burke (Tegan), and baby on the way, Mitchell Burke (Jaidin), Janelle Rowley (Kade), Aubrielle Hansbrow (Nate), Marilla Burke, Hannah Burke, Aysha Burke, Mahayla Burke, Oslo Burke, Lillian Burke, Angelique Burke, Rigby Burke, Starli Burke and Zander Burke, Nicole Whitear and Shaylen Whitear, Great Grandchildren, Wyatt, Sage, Carly, Della and Beau, Augustin, Raegan, Nellie, Grant and Clayton Page. Rosalie, Ruben, and Theodore Badal, Dallas, Everett and Evie Burke. Sister, Linda Smith. Half brothers, Carleton and Richard Watkins, and half sister Teresa Cash, and many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by his father, Max Burke, mother Beth, and sister Kathleen Symes. Special friends Harold and Madeline Priddle and Frocene Jakeman Morgan.
We give our grateful thanks to the physicians and nurses who gave Doug the kindest of care, especially the last week of his life at LDS Hospital. The caregivers on Six West and those in the Intensive Care Unit were full of compassion and tried with all their might to make Doug as comfortable as possible in a dreadful situation. May they be blessed.
Care entrusted to Lindquist’s Bountiful Mortuary, 727 North 400 East, Bountiful, Utah, where there will be a viewing Friday, June 23, 2023 from 6 to 8 p.m. and a viewing Saturday, June 24th from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. prior to the funeral service, which will begin at 2:00 p.m. at the Bountiful 53rd Ward located at 650 East 1400 North. Interment will be at the Bountiful City Cemetery, 2224 South 200 West, Bountiful, Utah. Services will be live-streamed by scrolling to the bottom of Doug's obituary page.
Doug’s final message to you was, “I told you I was sick!”