Frank D. Burns spends his spare time building public playgrounds, tennis courts, ball park concession stands, fountains, park boweries and dozens of other projects in Bountiful - all for free.
Burns, 71, recently won the Bountiful Lions Club's Lion of the Year award for 1987-1988 for his many contributions of time, money and energy to his club and to the city.A former trucking company owner and seed and feed store owner, Burns has been a Bountiful Lions Club member since 1960, was president of the club in 1984 and 1985 and is one of the organization's most active and dedicated members. He has helped direct the club's construction of dozens of civic projects in Bountiful, has worked on the maintenance of and built new facilities at the Bountiful Lions Club Rifle Range east of the city, and is a life member of the Utah Lions Foundation, which supports the Utah Eye Bank at the University of Utah.
Burns left Bear River High School, Tremonton, in 1936 to work in the Civilian Conservation Corps in Bountiful. The corps terraced the Wasatch Mountain hillsides in Davis County and worked on the Pineview Reservoir dam. Burns later started his own trucking business in Salt Lake City in 1938 and was a combat telephone installer in the Army Signal Corps in World War II, winning the Bronze Star medal and other awards in campaigns in the South Pacific and on Okinawa.
He returned to trucking after the war and established the Burns Feed & Supply Co. - a trucking and retail feed and seed business - in Bountiful and Kaysville.
Burns sold his business in 1977 and retired, then went back to work as a custodian at Viewmont High School for five years and retired again in 1982. Since then, Burns has spent most of his spare time helping the Bountiful Lions Club construct a host of civic projects in the city.