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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33 responses to David Francis Burns

  1. Dave, all I can say is you were a great freind over these many years. You will be missed by all whose life you touched. You taught me many things about retail sales which has helped me in my construction business for many years. Your friendship meant very much to me even at a great distance apart the last 15 years. Rest in peace. Your family may feel lost right now without you, but I and you both know they will be okay with the love that you left them.

  2. Debbie and Family,
    Our thoughts and prayers have been with you everyday since Dave’s diagnosis. We wish you peace and comfort as you go through this experience especially during the quiet moments after all has quieted down. We love you and wish we could be there in
    California for you.
    Love, Steve, Susan, Josh, Kerra and Jessica Wagstaff

  3. I returned yesterday to Butte, the birthplace and hometown of David, after sharing a fond and loving farewell for my brother. Although he was proud of his children for many reasons, this tribute would have been the one to beat all the rest! Being with you in February, sharing a few days with David, while he could still enjoy company was a treasure, as well as the past few days in the hospital and at the services. I thank you for opening your arms to us 5 siblings and Grandma Burns, during the past few months. At a time when you knew your time was limited, you generously shared him with us. We will miss him more than you will ever know….but, know his eternal peace is the best any of us could have wished for him. Many thanks to all of those who knew David in the many places he and his family lived. A special thank you to Crystal, whom I met at the viewing on Tuesday evening. She shared her admiration for my brother, seeing him as a father figure…just one of many stories that show one person’s life can touch so many. I am glad to know David has added to the life of so many…..Love, Mandy David’s sister

  4. Dave,
    You will always be missed , We were TRULY BLESSED to have had you as part of our family, The time went by too fast and now we must wait to see you in Heaven. I know you are at peace and have your wings. And that we now have another Guardian Angel to watch over us all and the Lord knows we need all the help we can get.You have always been there no matter what for everyone in my family and that made YOU SPECIAL AND US LUCKY. You will always be in our hearts and thoughts and will never be forgotten. Debbie and Family we are with you in your sadness and we will make it through together our hearts and prayers are with you all. Please keep in touch.


  5. Bill Bates says:

    Dear Debby…it is with great sadness that I learned of Dave’s passing. Time and distance have always made communications difficult. Dave was one of the good people that made my life more meaningful. He was truly one of the “fine” people in my life. We were always in the same “foxhole” together as we always said. From Texas to Kansas City and then on to the west coast, Dave was always there at my side. My deepest and heartfelt regrets to you and the kids. My life is better for having known, worked and counted on Dave as my friend.

    God be with you and the kids. My heart hurts.

    Bill Bates

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