Milton Lee Burns, 77, born January 21, 1936 in Tulsa, Oklahoma to David and Sara Burns, entered into eternal rest on March 16, 2013.
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Lee enjoyed a full and exciting life. Everyday was a new venture. One filled with new challenges with exciting twists and turns in every port o'call.
Lee was a veteran of the United States Marine Corp. and served his country bravely in the Korean War as a mine detection, detonation specialist. Upon returning from the war, Lee began his very long, self taught successful career as a refinery and pipeline design engineer. He was an achieved member of the Society of Piping Engineers and Designers. His professional accomplishments allowed him to travel the four corners of the world which he enjoyed immensely. Lee loved his worked and was extremely proud of each design project completed. Many of which are still operational today. His knowledge and expertise will be greatly missed. There was no foreign country or any new opportunity Lee Burns would turn down. Be it onshore or off, Lee embraced every chance he had to tackle a new challenge. He was a pure perfectionist in everything he did.
While working for Crest Engineering in Tehran, Iran in the 1970's, Lee met the love of his life, Mahroo. The only person who could tame the "James Dean" within. Lee and Mahroo fell in love and were married in 1976. After their marriage they returned to the United States to work and reside.
Lee was a very kind, loving and funny man. He always had a joke or ten he was ready to tell. Always had time to listen to you when you needed some good advice no matter how busy he was at the time. He loved tinkering with his car, enjoyed cooking immensely and the occasional golf game. He loved OU football and always rooted against the Dallas Cowboys but loved his Houston Texans. During his lifetime, some believed Lee was on a mission to read every book ever published.
Mr. Burns lived his life to the fullest! He loved his Mahroo and his daughter Yasi, along with her two children, Cameron and Lily. They had very special places in his heart. Aside from his family, Lee had many, many friends. It has been said, if a man at the time of his death has one good friend, he is rich. If a man has two good friends at the time of his death, he is wealthy. Lee was one of the wealthiest men during his lifetime.
Lee is survived by his wife Mahroo of 39 years of marriage, a brother, Jerry C. Burns, his wife Nancy and a sister, Sandra Gipson, all of Tulsa, Oklahoma. Two grandchildren and three nephews.
The family will receive friends for visitation at their home from 2:00 to 5:00 on Saturday.
Published in Houston Chronicle on Mar. 22, 2013