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Grant Rueckert "Rick" Burbidge
1942 ~ 2012
Magna, UT-Grant Rueckert "Rick" Burbidge passed away peacefully surrounded by his family, Dec.7, 2012 after a brief battle with cancer. Born Jan. 26, 1942 in Salt Lake City to Grant M. and Esther R. Burbidge. He was the eldest of four children born into a loving home. Graduated from West High School in 1960, received a scholarship to play football at BYU and graduated from Westminster and Weber State. Married Patricia Lyn Hobbs in March 1968. Together they had four children. Later divorced. Married Nov. 21, 1998 to Ruth Zelaya, merging two families together. Rick received an honorable discharge from the Utah Air National Guard where he served as a Load Master from 1963 to 1969. He served the citizens of Salt Lake County as a sworn officer for the Sherriff's office for nearly 46 years, retiring as a Lieutenant in 2011. His favorite assignments were working as a Sergeant over the west side, Kearns and Magna area and as a Watch Commander over the Jail Division where he often cooked omelets for his crew. He was actively involved in many community organizations including, Magna Mt Riders for over 40 years, acting as President and rodeo royalty, and a member of the Days of "47 Rodeo Committee for over 35 years and the Magna Town Council. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, shooting and riding his horse pushing cattle for the Johnson boys up Coon Canyon. Rick found great enjoyment in watching his grandchildren in their extracurricular activities. Survived by his wife, Ruth; children J.R. (Heather), Marcie (Darrell) Atkinson, Nichol (Jason) Holdaway, Melissa (Ed) Tucker, Claudia (Stephen Jonas) Leatham, Ruth (Douglas) Morazan, Gabe (Brittany) Morazan; 23 grandchildren, 1 great grandchild; siblings, Kathleen (Grant) Peterson, Brinton (Nancy), Milton (Cathy); numerous nieces and nephews as well as many good friends. Preceded in death by parents and a grandson, Brock P.B. Burbidge.
A viewing will be held Wednesday, December 12, 2012 from 6-8 p.m. at Peel Funeral Home, 8525 W. 2700 S., Magna Utah. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, December 13, 2012 at Hunter 1st Ward, 3665 S. 6000 W., viewing will be held 10-10:45 prior to services. Online condolences: www.peelfuneralhome.com

Published in Salt Lake Tribune on Dec. 10, 2012
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