DeVere Jerry Burtenshaw
October 18, 1934 - September 2, 2021
Mercer Island, Washington - DeVere Jerry Burtenshaw of Mercer Island WA, passed away peacefully on September 2, 2021, at Covenant Living at the Shores on Mercer Island from a long journey with cancer.
Jerry was born in 1934 in Bellingham, WA to Denver and Edythe Bornstein Burtenshaw, an only child raised as an infant in his working parent's restaurant, The Alpine in downtown Bellingham. He had a large extended family and many childhood friends that he remained close to throughout his life. Jerry graduated in 1952 from Bellingham High School and went on to study in the WSU School of Hospitality Business Management, graduating in 1956. Directly upon graduation Jerry served on active duty then as a reserve for 6 years. He was eager to move into his family's business and learned from a young age the restaurant and hospitality industries and grew his company, Alpine-Burtco Company, Inc. into an internationally diversified logistics and food industry company. He worked very hard and was greatly loved as a boss with employees who were loyal and longstanding. Jerry and his loving wife gave back to WSU in multiple ways establishing the Calvin Brett Burtenshaw Memorial Scholarship in honor of their son Calvin Brett, who died tragically as a teen in 1978. They also created the renowned Burtenshaw Lecture Series, which celebrated 40 years of existence in 2021. He was an industry leader who won awards too numerous to list, including being inducted into the WSU School of Hospitality Business Management's 2017 Hall of Fame. WSU recognized his contributions by conferring upon him one of its highest honors—The Alumni Achievement Award.
Jerry met the love of his life Angelina when they were both 13, they married at 24, and just celebrated 63 years of marriage. They moved to the Seattle area from Bellingham in 1963, residing on Mercer Island for 58 years. They also loved the desert of California, residing part time at their second home in Rancho Mirage California for over 30 years.
Jerry was a brilliant and kind man whose greatest attribute was his humility. He loved people and they loved him back. He and his wife were faithful givers who gave to countless people and organizations. These include Calvary Christian Assembly Church, Mercer Island United Methodist Church, over 50 years with Rotary International of Seattle, his fraternity- Sigma Alpha Epsilon, The Hope Heart Institute, The Variety Club, and Seattle's Poncho. His memberships included; The Rainier Club, The Bellevue Club, The Washington Athletic Club, The Club at Morningside, the Washington State Restaurant Association, and the National Restaurant Association where he was elected President for many years.
Jerry loved sports and was a season ticket holder for the Seattle Seahawk Charter Club, the Seattle Mariners, and the Seattle Supersonics. His greatest happiness was watching his children and all 6 of his grandchildren compete in their various sports while they were growing up. He took up golfing later in life and enjoyed this to the fullest.
Jerry was preceded in death by his son Calvin Brett Burtenshaw and son-in-law John Randolph Freatman. He is survived by his wife Angelina, his daughters Trina Burtenshaw Freatman and Melody (Bradley) VanPeursem, and his six grandchildren Johnie (Crystal) Freatman, Daniel VanPeursem, Calvin Freatman, Gabrielle (William) Baldwin, Arielle VanPeursem, and Samuel Van Peursem. He was lovingly nicknamed "Grandy" and "Big G" by his family. We love you, and you will remain in our hearts forever Grandy! You are home now and can rest, you ran an amazing race!
Jerry's public Celebration of Life will be held October 9, 2021, at 11am, Calvary Christian Assembly 6801 Roosevelt Way NE Seattle, WA 98115. Go to www.Flintofts.com
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Published by & from Sep. 25 to Sep. 26, 2021.