David Francis Burns

David Francis Burns

April 23, 1954 - April 04, 2009

David Francis Burns

April 23, 1954 - April 04, 2009


David Francis Burns passed away April 4, 2009 in Mission Viejo, CA of Pancreatic Cancer. He was born in Butte, Montana on April 23, 1954 to Bob and Phyllis Burns. Dave worked for Skaggs, Albertson’s and Sav-On for 36 years. Prior to his death, he served as District Manager for CVS in the Southern California area. He married Debra Withey on January 27, 1979. They had just celebrated their 30th anniversary. Dave was preceded in death by his father, Robert B. Burns; grandparents; several uncles, aunts and cousins. Dave is survived by his wife, Debbie; children, Nichole Wesper Jason, Melissa Lee Josh, Natalie and Matthew; his grandchildren, Emily Lee and Logan Wesper, whom he loved dearly; mother, Phyllis; mother-in-law, Maxine Clem; sisters, Christy Elias Elias, Amanda Peterson Gregg, Terri Evans Doug; brothers, Bob Patti and Gene Robin; aunts, Renee Burns and Marcy Bradley Art and numerous nephews, nieces and cousins. A Funeral Mass will be Wed. 4/8/09 at 11:30am at St. Kilian Catholic Church, Mission Viejo. In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made in Dave’s name to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network at www.pancan.org.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    David Burns, 54
    04/23/1954 ~ 04/04/2009
    Montana Standard

    David Francis Burns died April 4, 2009, in Mission Viejo, Calif., of pancreatic cancer. A Mass celebrating Dave”¢Ã€’s life was held at St. Kilian”¢Ã€’s Church April 8.

    He was born in Butte, on April 23, 1954, to Bob and Phyllis Burns. Dave attended Emerson Grade School, Butte Junior High, and graduated from Butte Central in 1973. He also attended Montana Tech.

    Dave started working as a stock boy for Skaggs Drug on Park Street at age 17. He worked for Skaggs, Albertson, Savon and CVS for 36 years. Prior to his death, Dave served as district manager for CVS in the southern California area.

    He married Debra Withey. They had four children and just celebrated their 30th anniversary in January.

    Dave was preceded in death by his father, Robert B. Burns; grandparents, several uncles, aunts, and cousins.

    He is survived by his wife, Debbie; children, Nichole Wesper Jason, Melissa Lee Josh, Natalie and Matthew; his grandchildren, whom he loved dearly, Emily Lee and Logan Wesper; mother, Phyllis; mother-in-law, Maxine Clem; sisters, Christy Elias Elias, Amanda Peterson Gregg, Terri Evans Doug; his brothers, Bob Patti and Gene Robin; aunts, Renee Bums, and Marcy Bradley; uncles, Art Irlando and J.A. Bradley; and numerous, nephews, nieces and cousins.

    The family requests donations to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network at http://www.pancan.org.




    Tom Maunder stmaunder@aol.com wrote on May 6, 2009:
    Mrs. Burns, Christy, Bob and Gene, Please accept my condolances at this time of loss. Tom Maunder, Anchorage, AK

    Bob Harper wrote on May 6, 2009:
    Phyllis and Family:

    Today at Joe Bugni’s Barbershop I learned of your loss of Dave.

    I do not subscribe to the “Standard”,but Joe brought me up to speed.

    I will have a Mass said for Dave at the Trappist Abbey in Lafayette Oregon and they will send you the card.

    Until then Dave will be in my prayers.

    Pax Christi — bob harper

    Cathy Cashell wrote on April 23, 2009:
    Terri and Mandi,

    I am so for your loss. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Cathy Cashell and Dave McPherson

    Phyllis Burns wrote on April 23, 2009:
    Happy 55th birthday to my son. Rest in peace, honey, your work is done here. I miss you and will love you forever. Mom

    Janice Brown Thomas kdedbtmt@aol.com wrote on April 21, 2009:
    Dear Mandy and Terri, I remember Dave as that personable guy who was so popular with all the high schoolers while working at Skaggs on Park Street, and I wish you and all your family peace after this difficult loss. Sincerely, Jan

    James Bradley wrote on April 20, 2009:
    To the Burns Family on the Passing of David F. Burns:

    I was saddened to learn of David’s passing. Please accept my deepest condolences on the passing of your son and brother. Although my prayers are with your family during this challenging time, my prayers for safe passage through all the worlds of God are especially with David.

    With warm concern,

    James Bradley

    Carol Parrett Carparrett@aol.com wrote on April 20, 2009:
    Dear Phyliss, Amanda and family.

    I was so sorry to read of the passing of your son and brother. What a loss. He was so young. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Carol Parrett

    Leanne Delaney Orlich orlo2@earthlink.net wrote on April 17, 2009:
    Mrs. Burns, Christy, & family,

    I am so sorry to hear about Dave’s passing. Some of my favorite jr. high memories are of times spent with you Christy & your family. May your memories & support of one another comfort you during this very sad time. You will all be in my thoughts & prayers.

    Leanne Delaney Orlich

    Leanne Delaney Orlich orlo2@e

  2. Anonymous says:


    Natalie Burns A great man once told me that “Attitude is everything, no matter what happens Natalie, you be positive and keep smiling.” That great man was my Dad, David Burns. My Dad could find the positive in every situation and every person. That’s something always admired about him. Even in his most trying times of the last few months, David Burns kept a hope about him, always looking toward a brighter tomorrow, he never faltered. He always stayed positive.
    My Dad, David Burns worked 36 years in retail, but I like to think of I as he worked 36 years in the people business. It didn’t matter whether you were the bagger or the president, he treated you as an equal, and held you accountable to do the honest and the right thing at all times. My dad loved people, sometimes he did have an indirect way of showing it, but when it came down to it, Dad would give everything for anyone, as long as it was the right thing to do. I can vogue for it, as a child we moved more times than anyone, because my father couldn’t work for dishonest people. He couldn’t work for people not in the people business, like him.
    Even though my Dad loved working to help others, he worked his whole life for his family. I know he sacrificed many things, and he probably sacrificed more things than I could even imagine, all for his family. My dad wasn’t the most affectionate man, but in his own way, he showed you his love every day. His love often came in the form of life lessons; many times in a quick comment from across the room or a long lecture such as CDC. It was difficult watching him in the last few years of work. Although he needed to be at home resting, he would go to work each day, maintaining his positive attitude, with a smile on his face. He was still helping people down to the very end. He was still sacrificing for his family. Even though he was in an extreme amount of pain, he still put others needs before his own.
    As I look around today, I see so many people, many of you whom I have never met. I know that David Burns touched all of you in some way and I find it interesting how he knew each of you.
    Some of you knew him as a: Boss or a cow worker: I never had the pleasure of working with my Dad like my sisters but I could only imagine he was a kind hearted man that was very demanding and held everyone to high standards.
    Friend He would do anything. He was the kind of friend that would drive a million miles to stand by your side. He would drop anything for a true friend.
    Mr. Burns, the Dad to a bunch of crazy kids; the guy that came around with a goofy grin and an in appropriate joke or two well it depends on who you ask. But, “Don’t worry” he could also lay down the law when needed Some of you might have seen that, and believe me that’s not a place you wanted to be. He was the dad that looked out for all the kids; he would have done anything for all of you.
    Brother: Although you were all so far apart, you were never far away. He thought about you each and every day. He prayed for each of you consistently and always had you in his heart. He loved you all dearly.
    Son Sons comes in many forms but David was always a worry. Grandma, I think he worried about you most. If he couldn’t find you, he would call every sibling to find you, even if they lived ten states away from you. He admired you so very much and was so thankful for all that you and grandpa gave him. He loved you more than I could possibly describe or fathom. Thank you for my dad; he is such a precious gift.
    Papa My dad loved being a Grandpa more than anything; Emily and Logan call him, Papa. He was so good at being Papa, always the first one to slip Emily soda or candy…especially after Melissa said no. Or to give Logan a food that wasn’t on Nichole’s “approved food” list yet. He didn’t show his affection often but with Emily and Logan you saw it always. He loved his grandkids so very much and I know it’s our family’s mission to m

  3. Dear Uncle Dave –

    I wanted to let you know how often I think of you and the wonderful memories that I have of you.

    You are missed by everyone and we all love you so very much. Our family misses you. There is a missing smile and a missing laugh when we are together; but we are blessed that you are watching over all of us.

    Your candle shall burn forever and I will miss you forever Uncle Dave.

    Love your Nephew – Josh

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