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Donald Joseph Burkhart

1932 - 2018 Obituary Condolences
Donald Joseph Burkhart Obituary
Donald Joseph Burkhart July 3, 1932 - August 1, 2018 La Jolla Donald Joseph Burkhart passed away at his home in San Clemente on August 1, 2018 from gastric adenocarcinoma.Don was born in Chicago, IL on July 3, 1932 to Francis and Pauline Burkhart. He graduated from St. Anthony's High School in Long Beach, CA and entered the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, IN, graduating in 1955.Don served in the Navy as an ensign and enjoyed destroyer and submarine service out of Pearl Harbor. After his discharge as a lieutenant, he entered the graduate program at M.I.T. and earned a master's degree in nuclear engineering. He also earned an MBA from San Diego State in finance and real estate. Don was first employed at General Atomic in La Jolla, CA. After leaving GA, he devoted his time to real estate in San Diego. Favorite hobbies were his dogs, sailing, bicycling, reading, traveling and sudoku. In 1962, he and Patricia Ann Lewis were married at Mission San Diego de Alcala, and they enjoyed 56 years together. They have three children and his greatest pleasure were his five grandchildren and he was sad to be leaving them. Don is survived by his wife, Patty; his sons, Bryan Joseph (Allison) and Daniel Joseph (Taylor); daughter, Celene Burkhart; and grandchildren, Caitlyn, Anna, Calder, Joseph, and Emilia.The family wishes to thank UCLA Health, Cancer Center and Vitas Hospice for their loving care.There will be a burial at sea for family and close friends.In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, 5001 Angel Canyon Road, Kanab, UT. 84741. https://bestfriends.org/donate/make-gift-memory Please sign the guest book online at legacy.com/obituaries/ lajollalight .
Published in La Jolla Light on Aug. 9, 2018
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