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Kim R. Burningham


1936 - 2017 Obituary Condolences Gallery
Kim R. Burningham Obituary
1936 ~ 2017
Kim Burningham, our beloved husband, father, grandfather, and friend, passed away peacefully on Friday, July 7, 2017, with family by his side. Kim was born in Salt Lake City on September 14, 1936 to Margie and Rulon Burningham, and was the fourth of five amazing children, brothers Gary, Dee, Rodney, and younger sister Jean.
Kim's life was full and complete with his focus on family, friends, education, public service, and gardening! He learned and grew in the Bountiful, Utah area with the guidance of those family and friends, as well as teachers and gospel principles.
"To me, life has been idyllic: raised by caring parents in a small community, educated in neighborhood schools, preparing for then teaching in those same schools, discovering new love, marrying a remarkable soul mate, watching our two sons grow to amazing men, welcoming their wives and their children, pursuing a career in public service, and celebrating in the flowers of old age with that same soul mate walking shoulder to shoulder!"-- Kim
Kim served an LDS mission in Tennessee, Kentucky, and Mississippi in the late 1950s, observing history in the making. He graduated from Davis High School, received a Bachelor's degree from the University of Utah, and Master's degrees from the University of Arizona and the University of Southern California.
In 1968, Kim married his partner and wonderful wife, Susan Ball Clarke and they had two children: Christian and Tyler. Raising these boys was a delight and sometime a challenge, but through the years, their friendship and affection with the boys grew deep.
Kim spent 27 passionate years teaching speech, debate, theatre, and English and traveling to debate tournaments on the weekends. "Vot dat and chew!"
Kim also spent years in church service in the bishopric, high council, and the MIA (Mutual Improvement Association) General Board.
During and following his teaching career, he served for 15 years as a member of the Utah State Legislature and subsequently as a member of the Utah State Board of Education (seven years as chair of the Board). During his years in public service, he championed public education funding and support, open and ethical government and was a co-founder of Utahns for Ethical Government.
Kim is survived by his wife Susan, sons Chris (Susi) and Tyler (Ann), brother Dee (Barbara), and sister Jean (Roger), and eight grandchildren. We know he is now tending his flowers and garden in heaven.
Viewings will be held on Tuesday, July 11th from 6 to 8 p.m. at Russon Brothers Mortuary, 295 North Main Street, Bountiful, Utah and Wednesday, July 12th from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. at the Bountiful Canyon Park Ward Chapel, 1190 East Bountiful Hills Drive, Bountiful, Utah. The funeral is scheduled for Wednesday, July 12th at 11 a.m. also at the Bountiful Canyon Park Ward Chapel.
Published in Salt Lake Tribune from July 9 to July 11, 2017
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