Harold Douglas Burr

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Burr, Harold Douglas
Harold Douglas Burr, born August 19, 1935, in Mesa, Arizona, to Walter and Nellie Burr, passed away peacefully at his home on May 11. Harold was surrounded by his loved ones and spent his final days visiting with life long friends, telling stories and listening to his favorite country music. Harold was predeceased by his first wife Kathleen and grand daughter Kelli Marie. Survivors include his wife Corene, daughter Rebecca Taylor (Don), son Harold Jr. (Lisa), grand son William Taylor, grand daughters Charlotte Burr, Kathleen Burr and Brianna Young, and his beloved dog Daisy. With his marriage to Corene in 1991, Harold gained two additional sons, Michael and Robin Young. Harold attended Alma School in Mesa, with perfect attendance - never missing a single day of school. Harold graduated from Mesa High in 1953 where he lettered in football. In 1957 Harold graduated from The Arizona State College in Tempe with a Bachelor's in accounting. Harold joined the Army National Guard and after six years of service was Honorably Discharged. Harold was a member of the Mesa Jaycees for several years in the early 1960s, serving as the organization's President in 1964. After graduation from college, Harold embarked on a 50 year career as a builder. Harold began his career in the family business, Burr & Sons Construction Company. For the next 25 years, Harold compiled an impressive record which includes numerous schools, churches and nearly 400 gas stations. His company also performed work for General Motors at the Proving Grounds, The State of Arizona at the prison in Florence and for the Air Force at Williams Field. In the subsequent 25 years, he worked for various contractors on large projects including casinos in Las Vegas, shopping centers in Oregon and Washington, and office buildings in Scottsdale. In his retirement Harold was active on his Mesa High reunion committee. He loved to spend time reminiscing with old friends, tending his flower garden, feeding his ducks and spoiling his dog. The consummate gentleman and host, his greatest enjoyment was singing and playing guitar for his friends at his annual western party. A beloved husband, father, grand father and best friend, we will miss you. At Harold's request, no services will be held. Meldrum Mortuary handled the arrangements.

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Meldrum Mortuary & Crematory
52 N. Macdonald
Mesa, AZ 85201
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Published in The Arizona Republic on May 15, 2014
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