William L. Burton, passed away March 1, 2003 at St. Mark's Hospital in Salt Lake City after a valiant struggle with serious health problems.
He was born Feb 3, 1934 in Pocatello, ID to William F. and Wilma Hyde Burton. Bill worked for the State of Utah in the Division of Water Rights as a hydrologist and water rights specialist for 24 years. After his retirement, he did consulting work in water rights.
He attended the University of Idaho, Moscow, and Idaho State University, Pocatello. He married Renee Tapp in 1954, Pocatello, ID.
He is survived by his wife; two sons, Russell William (Susan); four beloved grandchildren, Alissa, Blake, Tim, Parker Burton; and son, Kyle Lynn (Patricia) Burton; one sister, Barbara Edwards (Jerry), Sun Valley, ID; and one brother, Steven F. (Laurene) Burton of Seattle, WA.
Bill served in the U.S. Air Force as a Traffic Control Specialist, 1955-1959. Bill had a great zest for life, was highly intelligent, and gifted in many areas, including musicology, geology and photography. Music of all kinds (except rap) was one of the great loves of his life. In recent times he became a great lover of operatic compositions. Bill could tell you the title, composer and history of almost any piece of music. He was an ardent fisherman, outdoorsman and rock hound. He loved camping with his family and fishing with his two sons.
We love and will miss you, Bill, and we know you are still progressing.
Services will be Tues. March 4, 2003 12 noon Canyon Rim LDS 3rd Ward Chapel, 3051 S. 2900 E. Friends may call Tues. 6-8 p.m. Holbrook Mortuary, 3251 S. 2300 E, and at the church Wed. 10:30-11:30 a.m. prior to the services. Interment, Elysian Burial Gardens, 1075 E. 4580 S. Directors, The Holbrook Mortuary.
"Way to go, old Rock Hound!"