Zachary Burns died at Valley View Medical Center in Cedar City, Utah September 30, 1990 while undergoing treatment for cancer. After a long battle fought with courage and dignity, Zachary decided to ride on.
He was born in Cedar City, Utah April 18, 1961 to the honorable Joseph Harlan Burns and Connie D. Burns. He attended South Elementary, Cedar High School and graduated from Southern Utah State College with a Bachelors of science degree. He served as an assistant to the Kane County Attorney and Commissioners prior to entering and graduating from the Utah Police Academy. At the time of his death, Zachary was an agent and officer of the Utah Dept. of Adult Probation and Parole, St. George, Utah Office.Zachary loved to saddle up and ride through his beloved Cottonwood Mountain, usually alone. He loved the horse races in Southern Utah, cool fall mornings, and a good cup of coffee. Most of all, he loved his family, and presented them with a gift of knowing God and an ability to face mortality with class. He had a impeccable sense of right and wrong, was painfully compassionate, and loved to go down the road in his old truck. Zachary profoundly effected the lives of his family and countless friends in Utah and around the country, most recently at the American Cancer Institute in Texas, The John Wayne Cancer Committee in Los Angeles, California, and Valley View Medical Center, where he finished his life with characteristic grace, humor and incredible bravery.
He is survived by his parents; brothers, Jim, Joe and Scott; sisters-in-law, Alice and Gail Burns; girl friend, Jeri Ann Houston, whom he loved very much; grandmother, Nita Park; and Jack, Jill, Beth, and Joe Dancer, his nephews and nieces that adored him.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, at 1 p.m., at the Cedar 9th Ward Chapel. Friends may call at the Southern Utah Mortuary, Tuesday, 6-8 p.m. and Wednesday, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Interment will be in the Cedar City Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests the donation of time, energy and love, to those dealing with a terminal illness.
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