Edward Leon Burton III

Edward Leon Burton III

Our beloved father, Edward Leon Burton III, passed away December 29, 2017 at age 84.

Ed was born to Edward L. Burton, Jr. and Catherine Rigby on July 2, 1933 in Salt Lake City, Utah, where he grew up. After graduation from East High School, Ed attended the University of Utah. It was during his time at the U of U that he met and married Connie Rae Searle on September 9, 1954 in the Salt Lake Temple. Together they had six children.

Ed graduated from 1955 from the University of Utah with a degree in accounting. Our father was a prominent businessman who made numerous important contributions to the Utah business community. He was a CPA and started his own accounting firm, was a controller of the Paris Company, arranged various mergers and acquisitions of financial institutions that later became Zions Bancorporation, and he served as senior financial officer of Zions Bancorporation. He subsequently returned to the University of Utah where he earned his law degree at the age of 44 and started his own law practice specializing in estate planning and trusts.

Following the death of his wife Connie, he married Barbara Burrows and welcomed Barbara’s five children into his life.

Ed is survived by his wife Barbara Burton and her children, along with his six children: Diane (Rick) Jenson, Lynda (Brad) Blau, Mike (Kellee) Burton, David (Julie) Burton, Steven (Eva) Burton, Cynthia (Tom) Peterson, 18 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and more on the way, his brother Robert, sister-in-law Louise Burton, and seven loving nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Connie (1966), brother-in-law Robert G. Lence (2006), sister Kay Lence (2017), and grandson Carson Lee Tate (2017).

An active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Ed wrote the following testimony for his children just weeks before his passing: “I have had a great life and have been guided constantly by the Lord. I have had much help from my children and realize the Lord will help you if you only ask. The Church and the temple have given me opportunities that I never thought possible. But most importantly my family has brought me great joy. I would like to say thanks to all of you.”

Funeral services will be held at noon Saturday, January 6, 2018 at the Salt Lake Olympus Stake Center 2675 East 4430 South, with a viewing to begin at 10:30 am. Interment to follow at the Salt Lake City Cemetery.

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