Karl George Burdett, age 84, passed away peacefully on Saturday, February 21, 1998.
He was born September 22, 1914 in Evanston Wyoming to Ernest G. and Hortense Spence Burdett. He moved to Salt Lake in 1925 and graduated form East High School in 1931. He served an LDS mission to the Southern States 1937-39. After moving to Los Angeles, he met his lifetime sweetheart, Gladys Jacob, of Provo. The couple was married in the Mesa LDS Temple in 1941.He was the first bishop of the Monument Park 4th Ward where he served for 10 years. He served on the Stake High Council of the Salt Lake Foothill Stake, as a guide on Temple Square, and on a special committee that guides and entertains distinguished visitors to Salt Lake City.
He founded Burdett Floral in 1940 following World War II and later served as president of the Utah Floral Association. In the early 60's he purchased S&E Distributing, a wholesale nut and candy distributor. He turned it into a successful business and then in 1967 bought Osborne Apparel in Heber City. He renamed it Burdett Apparel and built a facility in Salt Lake City that does contract sewing for many large national clothing companies. He also developed his own Burdett clothing brand. The business still thrives today with 110 employees and is managed by his son, Stan.
He is survived by his wife, Gladys; two daughters, Carol Ann Thomas (Ray); Linda Brown (Richard); two sons, Stanley Jacob (Claudia); and Craig Robert. A son, Stephen Karl died in 1969. Also survived by a brother Benjamin (Wilma) and a sister Geneva Brown, 15 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren.
His life was a monument of service to his family and Church.
Funeral services will be held in the Monument Park 4th Ward (Roosevelt Ave (1480 So) and 22nd East at 12 noon on Wednesday, February 25. Friends may call at the Wasatch Lawn Mortuary, 3401 South Highland Drive on Tuesday, Feb. 24 from 6 to 8 p.m. and from 10:45 to 11:45 prior to the services. Interment will be at Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park.
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