Gary Leon Burton, 77, died peacefully at home on Feb. 13, 2018. Gary was born Dec. 23, 1940, in Malad, Idaho, to Elward and Donna Burton as the second of four children.
He grew up in Downey, Idaho, where he graduated from Marsh Valley High School, excelling in sports, academics and graduating with honors. He attended the University of Idaho, graduating summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting.
In 1961, Gary married Goldie Hart, his high school sweetheart, in the LDS Logan Utah temple.
After graduation, Gary moved the family to Portland, and after several moves, the Burton family moved to Monmouth, where they have lived for the last 45 years.
Gary lived a full life in every aspect.
In 1967, Gary opened his own accounting firm, which he successfully ran until his retirement in 2000.
As an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, he served in many capacities at the local and regional levels and worked closely with the youth in many different positions. He was active in the Boy Scout program and encouraged his sons and grandsons to follow his footsteps. Gary served on the Central School District School Board for eight years, including serving as the President for part of that time. In recognition of his service to the community, he was named First Citizen of Monmouth-Independence 1993. An avid sports fan, he actively supported the Central Panther Club and particularly loved watching his sons play football and wrestle.
Gary’s greatest love was for his family.
Gary is survived by his wife of 56 years, Goldie; his children Camille (Ian) Druitt, Lisa (Curtis) Webster, Michele Burton, David (Deborah) Burton, John (Angela) Burton, Doug (Kari) Burton, Natalie Burton, Matthew Burton, Joseph (Britta) Burton, Thomas (Maria) Burton; and 29 grandchildren. Gary is survived by his brother Wayne.
His parents and two siblings, Lanae and Blaine, preceded him in death.
Friends may visit with the Burton family Friday, Feb. 23, 2018, at the Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center, from 5 to 8 p.m. Funeral Services will be held Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018, 10 a.m. at the Monmouth LDS Chapel. There will be a public viewing at 9 a.m. Burial will follow at the Smith Cemetery in Monmouth.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to LDS Humanitarian Fund or the Missionary Fund in care of the mortuary at 287 SW Washington St. Dallas, OR 97338. www.dallastribute.com.