Melvin Jess Burke, our father, grandfather, and good friend, age 85, passed away Thursday, August 13, 1998 at the Uintah Care Center in Vernal.

He was born March 22, 1913 in Vernal, a son of Jesse William and LaVonia Clark Burke. He married Dolores Wardle October 16, 1933 and they had two sons and three daughters. He later married Bernice Slaugh Thomas on March 29, 1971.He is survived by his children, Darius (Margie) Burke, Englewood, CO; Larry (Pyllis) Burke, Kaysville; Deleen (Darin) Green, Moses Lake, WA; LaNeita Young, Bountiful; and Kathy Burke, Farmington, N.M.; and their families; stepchildren, Miles (Judith) Roberts, Bountiful; Carolyn (James) Hardman, Vernal; and Sharon (Alan) Trujillo, Ogden; and their families; brothers, Howard and Ted; sisters, Josie, LaMar, Rexine, and Carol. He has 21 grandchildren and 35 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Monday, August 17, 1998, 11 a.m. in the Vernal 5th Ward LDS Chapel, 200 West 250 North, Vernal, UT. Friends may call Thomson's Vernal Mortuary on Sunday evening, 7 to 9 p.m. and again Monday morning 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Burial will be in the Vernal Memorial Park under the direction of Thomson's Vernal Mortuary.

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