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David M. Burgett

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David M. Burgett, 68, Lenore, Idaho, formerly of Edinboro, went to be with his Lord and Savior on September 22, 2012, after a courageous battle with ALS. Matt, as his family and friends called him, was born on April 20, 1944 in Meadville, Pa. Matt was the son of the late Charles and Ruth Burgett, Edinboro, Pa. and husband of 28 years to Doris "Dee" Burgett, Lenore, Idaho. He was a 1963 graduate of General McLane High school and continued his education at Edinboro University. Matt enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1964 and was stationed at Sullivan Barracks, Mannheim, Germany 87th Inf. Seventh Army Marksmanship Unit. His next deployment was South Vietnam 119th Assault Helicopter Co. 52nd Aviation Battalion, where he served as helicopter door gunner crewman for 14 months. Matt received The Distinguished Air Metal and the Distinguished Flying Cross for his heroic action and dauntless courage in the face of superior enemy firepower. Matt received an honorable discharge from the U.S. Army in 1968. After returning home, he became Juvenile Aid Officer for General McLane School district. In 1969 he joined the Edinboro Police Department part-time. In 1974 he worked for the PA Game Commission as law enforcement deputy game protector. In 1975 he became a full-time police officer with the Edinboro Police Department and served as criminal investigator for two years, was weapons instructor and served as head counselor in the Camp Cadet Program sponsored by the PA State Police. As an employee of the Edinboro Police Department, he received many commendations for his quick actions in the line of duty. In his continued service to the Edinboro Police Department, he was selected to be head officer for the Drug & Alcohol program. He also served as President and Vice President of the Edinboro Jaycees and a state director of the Jaycees. Matt was instrumental and an influential force for the Mallory Run Project, for several years, which provided fishing opportunities for Edinboro area youths. He was also a member of the Fraternal Order of Police and the Edinboro Lake Sportsman's League, and in Idaho, he was a member of Idaho VFW Post 3296. In 2000 Matt retired to Idaho with his wife Dee and resided there for 12 years. Together they explored the beautiful wilderness and Idaho's undaunted areas. They hunted, fished, camped, and created many memories with the friends and family members who visited them. Matt became a rancher and a lover of horses, once again. He and his friends would haul their horses to remote areas of Idaho to hunt the Big Elk herds. At times their backyard would be sprinkled with deer, elk, and moose, much to his delight. Throughout his adventures, and his humanity in life, he became more than a friend, he was a hero to all who knew him. Matt fought for his country, his community and his family. We will miss him dearly. Matt is survived by his wife Dee Burgett, Idaho, two sons, Peter Burgett, Maryland, Sam Burgett, California, two step-children Eric Hyde, Colorado, Christa Morgan, Pennsylvania, one grandson, Wyatt Burgett, California, two brothers, Tony Burgett, Pennsylvania and Mike Burgett, Oregon, one aunt, Beverly Marnecheck, Ohio, two nieces and one nephew. A funeral service was held on September 27, 2012 at the Southwick Bible Church, Southwick, Idaho. He was laid to rest at Cavendish Cemetery, Cavendish, Idaho, with full Military Honors. Suggested memorials include, the ALS Foundation, the Southwick Bible Church, Southwick, Idaho and the Idaho Veterans Home (Lewiston) Idaho.

Published in the Erie Times-News on Oct. 28, 2012
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