Burton Rowe Humphrey born September 11, 1929 in Moscow, Idaho to parents, Earl and Iris Humphrey, passed away on March 20, 2013 after a long battle with COPD. He is preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Joan Irving Humphrey and brother, Richard. He is survived by his two brothers, Arthur (Sheila) and Curtis (Bette); sister-in-law, Susan Humphrey; his three children, Bruce (Kathy), Bonnie (John) Koch and Connie (Jeff) Becker; nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Prior to becoming ill, Burt was an active leader in the Arizona Community. His activities included the Tucson Rodeo Parade Committee-where he was a past chairman and Grand Marshall of the 1992 Tucson Rodeo Parade, Tucson Lions Club (President), Tucson Elks Club, Tucson Sales and Marketing Executives (President) and Tucson Executive Association as well as the Lions, Elks and JC's of Douglas, Arizona. He was also President of the Arizona Wholesale Beer and Liquor Association, and a member of the Beverage Recycling program for 25 years-having been instrumental in starting one of the first recycling programs in Tucson through the Coors Beer Distributors of Southern Arizona. In addition, Burt was a deacon and a high school youth leader at Northminster Presbyterian Church for several years. In his early life, Burt served in the Army Reserve National Guard in Idaho, Oregon and Arizona until 1959. He earned his Bachelors and Master's degree in Psychology from the University of Idaho and began his teaching career in Ontario, Oregon where he taught until 1955 when the family moved to Tucson. He taught History and served as a guidance Counselor at Tucson High, moving to Palo Verde when it was opened. Together with his family, he traveled back to the University of Idaho during the summers to work on his PhD, until 1962 when he left his teaching career to join his father-in-law, Royal Irving, in the family business. Buxton-Smith Merc Co. was an alcoholic beverage distributor including the Coors beer distributor for all of Southern Arizona. After 50 years the family sold the Coors Beer Distributing portion of the business in 1986. He has said he owes a great deal to his loving wife Joan, who was very active in the Mental Health Association, and together, they were involved in many charitable community events for the benefit of the Tucson community. A Memorial Service will take place at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, April 13, 2013 at the Tucson Rodeo Parade Museum, 4823 S. 6th Ave. (NE corner of 6th and Irvington) Casual dress acceptable. Donations may be made to the Tucson Rodeo Parade Museum, P.O. Box 1788 Tucson, AZ 85702. Arrangements by BRING'S BROADWAY CHAPEL, www.bringfuneralhome.com
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Published in the Arizona Daily Star on Apr. 7, 2013