Obituary: BURT, WALTER

Published: Monday, July 28 2014 4:49 a.m. MDT

Walter A Burt 1917 ~ 2011

Walter A Burt passed away peacefully on June 1, 2011 at Sunrise Senior Living of Sandy. Walter was born on April 2, 1917 in Salt Lake City, Utah to George Frank and Clara Anderson Burt. Walter grew up by Liberty Park and enjoyed playing there as a child. During his youth, Walter raised pigeons and bandy chickens. In 1935 Walter graduated from South High School with honors. Walter continued his education at the University of Utah where he took English, Business, and Public Speaking classes. On Sept. 18, 1939 Walter married his sweetheart, Wilhelmina Eda Chapman, in the Salt Lake Temple. Walter was a patient, kind and devoted husband. Walter worked for Safeway Stores Inc. for several years and then he was drafted and served in the Armed Forces in World War II. He spent most of his military time in Fort Benning, Georgia. When Walter returned home to Utah, he continued to work for Safeway. He worked his way up thru the ranks there and became the Employee and Public Relations Manager for the Intermountain West Division of Safeway. He held that position for 26 years. Walter was well known and respected in the business world in Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, and parts of Nevada and Oregon. Walter enjoyed golfing, bowling and photography. He was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and faithfully served in many positions in his ward and stake. After he retired, Walter served a full-time mission with his wife at the LDS church employment office in Salt Lake City, Utah. Walter and Wilhelmina served for many years in the Jordan River Temple and also volunteered at Welfare Square in Salt Lake and in Sandy, Utah. Walter was a devoted and loving father, grandfather and great grandfather. His family was his greatest treasure. Walter was preceded in death by his eternal companion, Wilhelmina, in 2006. Walter is survived by his two sons, Randall (Marjorie) Burt and Dennis Burt; two daughters, Andrea (John) Bradley and Alison (Albert) Van Leeuwen; 13 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, June 11, 2011 at Larkin Sunset Gardens Mortuary, 1950 East 10600 South. Friends and family may call from 9:45-10:45 a.m. before the funeral. The family would like to thank Dr. William Dunson and his staff for their many years of caring medical service. Also, the family would like to thank the staff at Sunrise Senior Living of Sandy and the nurses and staff from Sunbrook Hospice for their many hours of kind and loving care. Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.larkincares.com