William Melvin Burt

1935 ~ 2022

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Our beloved father and friend passed away on Thursday, December 22, 2022. He was born on December 12, 1935 to Melvin J. Burt and Pauline Redd Burt in Salt Lake City Utah. While attending Granite High School, during his second year of seminary, he sat behind a girl with long black hair, Colleen Brown. By Dad’s junior year, he had fallen for Colleen. They were married August 20, 1954. Their greatest accomplishment was raising five daughters, all of whom survive them. Robyn (Blake) Ingram, Barbara Burt, Michelle (Peter) Morgan, Susan (Darren) Call and Karen (Nathan) Morgan.

He was about 10 years old when he started working in earnest with his father, Melvin, building houses and doing plaster work. By the time he graduated high school, he was already gainfully self- employed and remained so throughout his life. Dad was a talented builder and could fix and build anything. While driving around the Millcreek area of Salt Lake, where he lived and grew up, he would point out many homes he helped to build and plaster, while still in high school. In later years, he freely and graciously helped many people remodel their homes and he was always generous with his tools. Friends and family were of utmost importance to him. He and Colleen were successful in real estate and invested in rental properties. Colleen preceded him in death, March 20, 1996. He was later married to Shirlene Drury.

Dad joyfully went on a service mission to Florida and England from 1998 - 2000 and another service mission in 2006 at the Family History Center for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. He was a faithful member and had a love for the gospel of Jesus Christ. He was not ashamed to share his testimony with anyone. He will be remembered for his infectious smile, his handsome blue eyes and some of his many cheerful quips. One of which was, “I wished I was as good as you,” everytime anyone asked him how he was doing. Dad remained faithful, positive, strong and determined to the end. We love you, Dad.

He is also survived by his siblings, Kathy (Ernest) Cummings, Wayne (Jeneal) Burt and Melanie (Randy) Lewis. Nineteen, plus grandchildren and forty plus great grandchildren, along with many nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by his sisters Lila (Thomas ) VanDenBerhge and Nena (Robert) Schofield.

Funeral Services at the Federal Heights Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 1300 Fairfax Road December 28, 2022 at 12:30, viewing begins at 11:00 AM, prior to services.


Dear Barbara and sisters,

I was so saddened to learn of your Father’s passing. My heart aches for you but I am so glad you have your faith and each other to lean upon. Never forget you have friends that love you. I wish for you that peace that passes all understanding. With love and friendship., Kristin

- Kristin Thompson

Sorry for your loss. The funeral was very nice and paid nice tribute to you Dad. I learned something about your Dad’s early life that I was not aware of. Sorry I could not be there in person, I was in St. George with my Mom for Christmas and into the New Year.

Jim Brown II

- Jim Brown