Oh Thursday, August 24, 1995, Gary R. Burningham ("G.R."), retired Viewmont High School teacher, coach and past president of the American Hemerocallis Association, passed away at his home.
Gary was the son of Rulon and Margie Stringham Burningham (both deceased). He was the oldest of five children.He is survived by two brothers, Dee Burningham, Kim Burningham, and his sister, Jeen Brown, all of Bountiful.
He was married to Barbara Thomson (Burningham), with whom he had three children, two daughters, Kay Burningham, of San Diego, Calif.; Lisa Bradford, of Blanding, Utah; his son, Kyle Burningham, of Wendover, Utah; and six grandsons, and a granddaughter. He married Nancy Rice (Burningham) in 1979. They were later divorced.
Gary, a life long resident of Bountiful, was born in 1929. As a young man he enjoyed pheasant hunting and tennis with his brothers. During the Korean War, he served in the U.S. Army at Ft. Ord, California. He started his teaching career at Bountiful High School directing the musicals Carousel and Brigadoon. He left teaching in the mid 60s and owned and operated a nursery in Bountiful. In 1960 he took top honors in the nation for his roses. He served as president of the Utah Men's Garden Club.
He returned to teaching in the early 70s at Viewmont High School, there he coached debate, tennis and golf teams and taught World History among other subjects. He was loved and respected by students and teachers alike. He retired from teaching in 1992 and started his own Daylily business in West Bountiful. He has been nationally recognized as a leader in Hemerocallis (Daylily) production. Gary had a zest for life that made him a joy to be around. He will be missed by everyone who was fortunate enough to know him.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, August 20, 1995, 11 a.m. at the LDS Chapel, 455 South 1200 East, Bountiful. Friends may call Russon Brothers Bountiful Mortuary, 295 North Main St., Tuesday evening, August 29, 6-8 p.m. and Wednesday at the church from 9:45- 10:45 a.m. Interment, Bountiful City Cemetery.
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