Clifford Clarence Burglin, of Fairbanks, passed away July 15, 2013, at age 85 at the Pioneers' Home in Fairbanks. He was surrounded by his loving family. He is survived by his wife, Joyce, and his children, Bruce, Brian, Dave, Mary, Barb, Norman (Joe) and Jim.
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Clifford "Cliff" was born on one of the coldest days in Fairbanks, Dec. 26, 1927, to Mary Rose Miller and Clarence Emil Burglin, and died on one of the warmest, as the best father a family could have ever known.
He lived a wonderful and generous life in Alaska. He loved the Lord and was thankful every day for what he had been given. His father died when he was 13, which solidified the man he would become. He never missed a birthday, sporting function, wedding, graduation or opportunity to spend time with his loved ones. Cliff graduated from Fairbanks High School, class of 1945. He was the second of three children; his sister, Ruth Burglin, himself and his brother, Robert Burglin.
He married the love of his life, Joyce Yvonne Gravert, on June 24, 1949, in Fairbanks. The couple met at Washington State University. Joyce is the daughter of Amy and Royce Gravert and has been a devoted, loving wife and mother, supporting her husband, family, community and church.
Cliff and Joyce purchased Fairbanks Office Supply from Cliff's mother, Mary, in the 1960s. Cliff went on to be influential in the Alaska oil and gas industry and the development of Fairbanks, including the Bentley Mall and Shannon Park developments. Their generosity in the community, and help to others less fortunate than themselves, cannot be measured. Both Cliff and Joyce are devout Catholics and benefactors of the Catholic Church and the Catholic Schools of Fairbanks. Cliff could often be seen at the Immaculate Conception Church lighting intentional candles, stocking votive candles that he bought at Michaels, stocking matches and making sure the intentions of the community were cared for.
Cliff was predeceased by his parents, Clarence Burglin and Mary Miller Foran; and his sister, Ruth Burglin.
Cliff is survived by his wife, Joyce; Bruce Burglin (Barbara), of Wash.; Brian Burglin (Nina), of Fairbanks; David Burglin (Patti), of Fairbanks; Mary Long (Vern), of Wash.; Barbara Rima (Tony), of Fairbanks; Norman "Joe" Burglin (Lori), of Ariz.; and Jim Burglin (Danean), of Colorado. Along with his sons and daughters, he is survived by 26 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren: Shannon Burglin Grievel (husband Gus and sons Nicholas and Jackson); Maija Stromberg (husband Peter); Chelsey Mach (husband Ken, son Parker, daughter Matayah, and her sons Oliver and Asher); Brittany Burglin, Lisa Burglin (son Roy); David "Davey" Burglin; James Burglin; Jon Clifford "JC" Gustafson, (wife Jenny, son Jon, daughter Jordan, daughters Jessica and Justine); David James Gustafson (wife Lindsey, sons Alex and Chris, and daughter Annabelle); Amy Gustafson (husband Tim, son Noah, and daughter Goldie); Marjorie Rima; Melissa Rima; Kevin Rima; Mark Rima; Shelby Harris (husband Matt); Brooke Burglin; Jordan Burglin (wife Katherine "Kat," daughter Addison, son Brody); Sandy Burglin (daughter Millie), Jonah Burglin; James Burglin (wife Danean, daughter Danielle; sons Steven, Nick, and Spencer); brother Robert, of Park City, Utah; and uncle Robert "Bobby" Miller, of Fairbanks.
In lieu of flowers, Cliff would like donations made to Monroe Foundation, or
. A Rosary will be held at
6 p.m. Thursday, July 18, at Immaculate Conception Church on Illinois Street.
A memorial Mass will be held at 3 p.m. July 19, 2013, in the Holy Family Chapel on Monroe Street followed by a reception about 5:30 p.m. at the home of Christopher and Joan Stepovich, 333 Well St.
Published in Daily News-Miner on July 17, 2013