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David Vernon Burgett

David Vernon Burgett passed away peacefully May 25, 2016 at Rogue Regional Medical Center with his wife, two sons, and daughter-in-law by his side, sharing precious expressions of love. He was born September 21, 1934 to Vernon and Gaynell Burgett in Kansas City.His early years were in Johnson County, Kans. until moving to Pasadena, Calif. halfway through his junior year of high school where he attended Flintridge Preparatory School for Boys. He returned to his father's and grandfather's alma mater, Kansas University, where he earned a B.S. in business, majoring in Accounting. He spent his lifetime working as a CPA and was a partner with the same firm, Coopers & Lybrand (now Pricewaterhouse Coopers), retiring after 38 years. He worked in the Los Angeles office three times, National Office (NYC) twice, and in San Francisco and Pittsburgh, specializing in SEC work and major clients.After being discharged from the Navy in 1958, David met Betsy Anne Palmer on a student tour of Europe, on which he was the assistant tour director. They were married in Madison, N.J., June 27, 1959 and made their first home in Alhambra, Calif. Bruce was born in 1963 and Don in 1966. David enjoyed woodworking which he learned from his father, and passed on to his sons, helping him on projects such as building a fort, a rabbit hutch, a snake terrarium for pets, furniture, and two kitchen remodels. They have used what they learned from him in their own homes much to their father's delight. As a family they enjoyed playing games, tennis, and vacations around the country. Dude ranches and house boating on Lake Powell were favorites.Life-time interests were classical, popular, and country western music; theater; history of WWII, Civil War, the American West, planes; travel and Jayhawk basketball. He was a loyal member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity. The major stroke he suffered in 1993 did not hold Betsy and David back from traveling at home and abroad. It was made possible by the perks of traveling by wheelchair to airplanes, going through customs quickly, and men offering to push his chair on the cobblestone surfaces or other challenging places in Europe. They also built their dream house in Santa Ynez, Calif., where they loved the western lifestyle. Both actively participated in designing their new home where they enjoyed entertaining friends from near and far. He was a member of the Solvang Breakfast Rotary, and became a Paul Harris Fellow; an Elder in their church, and served on the Board of the Santa Ynez Valley Historical Society. As they had planned, they moved to a life-care retirement community in 2008, Rogue Valley Manor in Medford, Ore. It was the perfect choice where caring by the staff and friendly residents is extraordinary. He was a member of Trail Christian Fellowship.David is survived by his beloved wife, Betsy and their sons, Bruce, of Seattle and Don and his wife, Arlene, of Santa Cruz, Calif.David was interred at Eagle Point National Cemetery. Knowing that he is living in the presence of his Lord for eternity brings joy even in the midst of sadness that is felt in his absence. A Celebration of Life service will be held at 1:30 p.m., Thursday, June 16, 2016 at Rogue Valley Manor. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to The Heritage Foundation, 214 Massachusetts Ave., NE, Wash. DC 20002 or Alliance Defending Freedom, 1500 N. 90th St., Scottsdale, Ariz. 85260

David Vernon Burgett