J. C. Burton Jr.

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Memorial services for J.C. Burton, Jr. will be held on Thursday, February 16, 2012 at 10:30am at the First United Methodist Church of Conroe. J.C. Burton, Jr. passed away on February 6, 2012 after a long battle with cancer. J.C. Jr. was born on August 6, 1938, in Waco, Texas, to Mr. J.C. and Ara (Teer) Burton. He grew up in Tyler and graduated from Tyler High School in 1956. In May of 1960 he graduated from Texas A&M University with a degree in Petroleum Engineering and a commission as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force. In June of 1960 he went to work for Pan American Petroleum Corp., (which later became Amoco and is now BP) in Odessa, Texas. However, in August he was called to active duty in the Air Force and reported to Minot AFB in Minot, North Dakota. He spent two years in Minot where he met and married the love of his life, Laurelei Nadine (Wald) Burton. J.C. and Laurelei spent the last year of his assignment at Stewart AFB in Newburg, N.Y. Their first son, Jeffery, was born at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., (14 miles away) as Stewart field did not have a maternity ward. Finishing his military duty, J.C., Laurelei, and Jeff returned to Odessa where J.C. resumed his 38 year career with Amoco. They lived in Midland where a second son, Stuart, was born. Then came Forth Worth, Monahans, Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Houston, Chicago, London, Denver, Chicago again, and finally Houston. During his career J.C. held positions of Area Engineer, Regional Engineer, G.M. of Planning and Admin., G.M. of Supply and Trading, VP of International Production, President of Amoco Europe, VP and GM of the western US and finally President of International Operations. In his International career J.C. visited over 40 foreign countries. J.C. retired from Amoco in April 1998 and in 2000 they moved to Bentwater. After retirement, J.C. served on the board of directors of Marine Drilling, Pride International Drilling, and Newport Steel Corporation. He also held board positions with the Brookfield Zoo in Chicago and the Cairo American University in Egypt. J.C. was an avid hunter, fisherman, and rancher. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Laurelei, his son Jeffery and his wife, Kathy and their sons, John and Colin, of The Woodlands, his son Stuart of Austin, his sister Jane ford of Chandler, Tx and his sister LaJuana Huhn of Covington, La and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. In lieu of flowers the family requests contributions be made to M.D. Anderson Lung and Brain Research, P.O. Box 297153, Houston, Texas 77297 or by calling 1-713-792-2121. The family would also like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Coscio and Dr. Ludwig for their care and compassion. You are invited to view the guest book and leave written condolences to the family at www.cashnerconroe.com


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