February 5, 1955 – June 1, 2013
It is with great sadness we announce the sudden and unexpected passing of Dr. Don Burkett from heart failure on Saturday, June 1st, 2013. Don is survived by his loving family: wife, Barb, his son, Dan, his daughter, Josie, his mother, Rhoda, and two brothers, Barry and Dave (wife, Sylva). Don was predeceased by his father Robert Burkett in October, 2010.
Don and Barb met at University, were married on July 10, 1982 and have been partners in life for 40 years.
He was born in Flin Flon and lived his formative years in Lynn Lake, Manitoba. The family moved to Tsawwassen when Don was a young teenager. After graduating from DSS he attended Douglas College and UBC, eventually studying Chiropractic at CMCC in Toronto where he received Clinical Honors, graduating in May of 1982. Later that year he opened his practice and has served the community continuously in the same office ever since.
When he was not practicing, Dr. Burkett was involved in many community groups. One of his greatest joys was his music. He was an accomplished jazz guitar and bass player, actively involved for many years with the Delta Community Music School. He performed regularly around the lower mainland with his best friend, saxophone player Bob Miller in the jazz ensemble, The Bossa Boys. He was a long time member and a Paul Harris Fellow with the Rotary Club
of Ladner. Several years ago through Rotary he worked hard to restore the garden at the Mountain View Manor. In recent years, environmentalism has played a major role in his life. He volunteered with the Nicomekl Enhancement Society and more recently the Spartina Working Group of BC. He worked tirelessly to free the shores of Boundary Bay of the damaging reed grass Spartina angelica. Don's beloved Norfolk terrier, Daisy, accompanied him wherever possible: into the office to help heal his patients and out on the mud flats to help save the planet. Don loved people. He brought together volunteers from every part of the community, from all walks of life for his various projects. He was known for his colorful Hawaiian shirts. He said he wore them to encourage the sun to shine but we know it wasn't the shirt; it was the man inside the shirt that made the world a brighter place.
May he rest in peace and may the rest of you left behind know that our lives are a lot richer for having known Don. A good man. A loving and devoted husband and father. A talented and dedicated chiropractor. A silly man. A wild man. A joyful man. A compassionate man. A wonderful man. And a friend.
A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, July 13, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. at the Unitarian Church of Vancouver, 49th and Oak. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Ladner Rotary Club Memorial Fund for Dr. Don Burkett. If you own a Hawaiian shirt please wear it. Don would like that.
Delta Funeral Home (604) 946-6040