10/30/26 ~ 11/27/02
- Laurence J. Burton, former U.S. Congressman, passed away November 27, 2002 after suffering from poor health for several years. In addition to Ogden, Laurence resided in the Washington, D.C. area and returned to live out his last years in the state he loved, Utah.
Laurence was born Oct 30, 1926, in Ogden to Laurence Schat and Marguerite Roghaar Burton. He graduated from Ogden High in 1944, then served two years in the United States Navy Air Corps. Laurence married Janice Louise Shupe on Sept 16, 1947, in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. He graduated from Weber State College, earned his bachelor's degree from the U. of U., his master's degree from Utah State and pursued doctoral studies at George-town and George Washing-ton University.
Laurence served four consecutive terms as Representative to the U. S. House of Representatives from Utah's 1st Congressional district, from January 1963 to January 1971. The legislative accomplishments of which he was most proud during his tenure in Congress were successful passage of legislation establishing the Dixie and Uintah Reclamation projects, providing much-needed water for those areas and also the establishment of Canyonlands as a National Park. Laurence also served in a leadership position for House Republicans as Assistant Minority Whip.
Laurence started his career and spent several happy years at Weber State College. He left Weber to serve as Administrative Assistant to Utah's U.S. Congressman Dixon then for Governor Clyde. Following his Congressional service, Laurence worked for the Federal Government in the Departments of Interior and Transportation.
Dad's favorite pleasures were music and the outdoors. He enjoyed vaudeville routines, patriotic marches, and his fondest tunes were from Broadway musicals. Dad had a great love of the outdoors and enthusiastically pursued activities including horseback riding, fishing, hunting and hiking. Some of his happiest moments were spent with family and friends at Moose Creek, the log cabin he and his wife built in Island Park, ID. Dad also had a great love of his family.
He is survived by son, Laurence S. (Sheryl) Burton, Salt Lake City; three daughters, Carol (Edward) Iskason, Mildenhall, England, Susan (Randy) Hart, Waldorf, MD, Sally (Jon) Wilk, Lexington, KY; 10 grandchildren, Elizabeth, Rebecca, John and James Burton, Edward and Amy Isakson; Gregory and Melanie Hart, and Bonnie and Benjamin Wilk; a great-grandchild, Skyler Moore; and two brothers, Thomas (Sharon) Burton, Ogden, and Richard (Linda) Burton, Phoenix, AZ. His parents, his wife, and sister, Kathleen (Darold) Chambers, preceded Laurence in death.
The family expresses its heartfelt appreciation to the caring staff of Alta Infinia Care Facility in Salt Lake and Harmony Home Health & Hospice of Murray for their loving care of our Father and to the many family members and kind friends who helped us through this difficult time.
Services will be Sat. Dec 7, 1 p.m. at Lindquist's Ogden Mortuary, 3408 Washington Blvd. Family will meet friends at the mortuary on Fri. 6-8 p.m. and Sat. noon to 12:45 p.m. Interment, Ogden City Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations/memberships be made to the Henry's Fork Foundation in Dad's name at P.O. Box 550, Ashton, ID 83420 (www.henrysfork.com)
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