Burton “Burt” Goranson

03/09/1949 — 07/05/2015

From Pasco, WA | Born in Lake City, MN

Burton “Burt” Goranson

Burton “Burt” Stuart Goranson, age 66, died at home on Sunday, July 5, 2015 at 12:30 am, after an 11 year fight with pancreatic cancer. He was born March 9, 1949 to Burton and Garnet Goranson.

Burt grew up in Mazeppa, MN along with his 12 siblings. In 1968 he enlisted in the Navy.  He served 4 years, the majority on Whidbey Island (WA) as a reciprocating engine mechanic. While in the service he started skydiving and earned his private pilot license from his close friend, Bob Porter. Burt attended Hutchinson Area vocational-technical school in MN. His professional career began at Nortec in the field of Non-Destructive Testing. Soon after, he headed to Iowa where he and friends taught skydiving lessons for Aviation Sports. Burt had over 650 jumps. This is where he met his future wife, Nanette Slechta, one of his students. Nan has 105 jumps. Burt and Nan were married August 7, 1976 in Sioux Falls, SD.

Burt and Nan moved to Pasco, WA in 1978 where he returned to work at Nortec, then Stavely Instruments, Xactex, and later UniWest, where he would retire in April of 2015 after 38 years in the industry, ending his career as VP of International Sales. Burt was a proud member of ASNT (American Society of Non-Destructive Testing) and received many honors. He was very dedicated to his work and he genuinely cared for his customers and their families, he also enjoyed traveling globally for his career.

Burt was very proud of his three children Justin (age 32), Anna (age 31), and Brad (age 26) and was very honored to be Grandpa to Levi and Luke. Family time was of the utmost importance. Driving back to the Midwest was full of adventures and good memories and was just the tip of the iceberg for what family meant to Burt.

Burt was a member of Central United Protestant Church for 36 years and his faith in God was very important to him and his family. He believed in living with integrity and honoring God in everything he did, including building traditions. Praying with his family at meal times was an important part of this until the very end.

Burt’s hobbies included Elk Hunting, flying his plane, spending time with family, and road trips to anywhere. He put his passion for flying on hold for family and Boy Scouts. Early in his marriage he also accomplished the feat of climbing to the top of Mt. Rainier  

Burt became Scoutmaster for Pasco Boy Scout Troop 159 (1994) and helped 39 boys become men and earn their Eagle Award including Justin and Brad, his two sons. Burt received many scouting awards as Scoutmaster and was very proud of Troop 159, if you’ve ever seen a flag ceremony done by them you would understand.

His Boy Scouting adventures include a lot of camping trips and canoe excursions, and snow camping, along with teaching boys about wilderness survival, knot tying, and preparedness. He was passionate about teaching boys how to be their best and to do things with integrity. His pride for his boys and their families were deeply saturated with kindness and generosity. He demanded respect and was sometimes hard on the boys, but many have grown up to realize that his strictness and demanding ways were in order to create men with integrity and respect for God, country and family.

Burt was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2004 and underwent chemo, radiation and surgery and blessed us all by beating the odds!

Immediate Family: wife, Nanette; son, Justin (Jessica); daughter, Anna Hooser (John); and son Brad; grandchildren; Levi and Luke; awesome mother-in-law, Viola Slechta;  siblings: Shirley Webster, Leroy Goranson (Nancy), Patricia Goranson, Raymond Goranson (Cheryl), Zelda Goranson, Yolie Donely (Russ), Linda Goranson, Lee Goranson, Debbie Carrier, Shelia Albers (Dennis), Zola Monsrud, Dale Goranson (Mary); and many special nieces and nephews.

Proceeded in death by mother, Garnet; and father, Burton Goranson; and grandson Benjamin Chase Goranson.

Memorial Service will be held at Central United Protestant Church in Richland on July 17, 2015 at 6:00pm with a viewing at 5:00pm in the chapel. A dessert reception will follow.

Boy Scouts to dress in Classs A uniform, and for you that knew Burt, he would expect no less.

The family has asked that in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to set up a scholarship for future Eagle Scouts from Troop 159 of Pasco in honor of Burt.  Checks can be made to The Burt Goranson Boy Scout Scholarship Fund.

Inurnment will be at a later date at King Cemetery near Odebolt Iowa.

FANtastic!

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  • Burt Goranson was a real man. He helped talked me into going to Hutchinson for NDT. BuSimpkin) told me that planes were made to fly in not to jump out of. My dad, who passed away in Oct. 2018, loved Burt for his heart and drive. Burt was one of the strongest man I’ve known. But, he was the first one to stop a fight. I will never forget Burt jumping off a bridge and stuck in the mud with his head and shoulders buried in the mud. He cut his head. No problem for Burt. He asked for a needle and thread and sewed the cut together. No numbing, whining, or crying. He sewed it up and continued with the Pig Roast. I am so sorry for the family since Burt was often bigger than life. I can’t wait to see him in Heaven.

    Jim Simpkin
    July 2, 2020
    Coeur d Alene, ID
  • Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Burt was a wonderful man and he will be missed. He had such a love of God and Family. May you memories always bring you peace. Love, Rick and Debbie

    Rick and Debbie Shelton
    July 11, 2015
    Branson, MO
  • My deepest condolences to Burt’s family.
    I never really got to know Burt as I have some of his siblings, but sounds like he was one awesome family man.
    My prayers go out to all of his family in this time of sorrow,
    and also his celebration of life.
    My you rest in peace cousin Burt.
    Jean

    Jean [Goranson] Holmstadt
    July 11, 2015
  • Anna; are prayers are with you and your family in your time of celebration of the life of your father, and here to support you in your moments of sorrow when you are missing him.
    We love you
    Your co-workers and Friends at Benaroya Research Institute

    Facilities/IT Dept @ BRI
    July 10, 2015
    Seattle, WA
  • Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Burt was a wonderful man and he will be missed. He had such a love of God and Family. May you memories always bring you peace. Love, Rick and Debbie

    Rick and Debbie Shelton
    July 11, 2015
    Branson, MO
  • My deepest condolences to Burt’s family.
    I never really got to know Burt as I have some of his siblings, but sounds like he was one awesome family man.
    My prayers go out to all of his family in this time of sorrow,
    and also his celebration of life.
    My you rest in peace cousin Burt.
    Jean

    Jean [Goranson] Holmstadt
    July 11, 2015
  • Anna; are prayers are with you and your family in your time of celebration of the life of your father, and here to support you in your moments of sorrow when you are missing him.
    We love you
    Your co-workers and Friends at Benaroya Research Institute

    Facilities/IT Dept @ BRI
    July 10, 2015
    Seattle, WA
  • Nan: just this last week we learned of Burt’s death. Our sympathy to you and your family. We feel honored to have spent time with both of you in Hutch in 2014 and remembering the good times of HAVTI. Debbie and Craig Jergens

    Debbie Jergens
    October 11, 2015
    Litchfield, Minnesota
  • Nan and Family, Burt was truly a great man. He was that rare individual who walked the talk in his dedication to God, family and the community. I will always remember our conversations, and the sound of his voice and the look on his face as he rolled out his thoughts and perspectives. He was so faithful and always positive. I truly look forward to a “little” time with Burt when it is my time to be with the Lord. God bless you Burt and thank you for your example. Though we miss you, we know that you are always with us and never to far away. Well done, good and faithful servant to the Lord.

    Grant McCallum
    July 31, 2015
    RIchland, WA
  • Nan and Family,
    We were sad to hear of your loss of Burt. It looks as though Burt definitely lived a wonderful and full life. He has left many memories for your family to cherish.
    Prayers for all you. We shall all meet Burt again someday when the Our Awesome God calls us home.

    Hoyt and Carrie Mitchell
    July 30, 2015
    Richland WA
  • My condolences to the whole family. Burt was my Fathers (George Pherigo) student at Ridgewater College and often told of Burt skydiving in for the first day of class. Burt was at every NDT conference and I enjoyed talking with him about his old Cessna 170 that he was always going to restore. He is missed by many.

    Aaron Pherigo
    July 22, 2015
    Little Switzerland, NC
  • In his famous “First Words” Burt taught us that people are tall, that we all have opportunities and the importance of a positive attitude.
    And while he never did talk me into jumping out of a perfectly good airplane guided to the ground only by a silk sheet that pops out of a backpack, he did show me how to properly finish a family Christmas letter, the power of forgiveness, and which way to point a knife when peeling potatoes.
    Burt always looked on the bright side. I asked him once what would happen if both parachutes failed to open. Without hesitation he smiled and said “face the disk with a grin and smoke it on in”.
    I’m really going to miss his home spun humor, infectious laugh and his love of friends and family. Burt truly was taller than the Empire State Building.

    Leigh Anglin
    July 17, 2015
    Sioux Falls, SD
  • It was our privilege to have him for a friend.

    Christine and Jake Hales
    July 16, 2015
    Pasco, WA
  • Burt’s the real deal.
    An amazing man who had a such positive influence on so many.
    I am privileged to have known him.

    Chris Bolkan
    July 15, 2015
    Pasco, Washington
  • But those who wait on the Lord
    Shall renew their strength;
    They shall mount up with wings like eagles,
    They shall run and not be weary,
    They shall walk and not faint. (Isaiah 40:31)
    All.My.Love and prayers to the Goranson Family…Privileged to know Burt! Love, Elizabeth

    Elizabeth Snowbarger
    July 14, 2015
    KSEA
  • May God be with you all as Burts memory lives on. Thank you old friend. In Boy Scouts and thank you for your Service in the Navy.
    Yours in Life and Memories
    Mike Tesky Boy Scouts, O/A and US Navy 1967-1973.
    Thank you.

    Michael F. Tesky
    July 14, 2015
    Kennewick, Wa.
  • So sorry to hear of his passing was a very nice man condolences to the family

    Norman Bubel
    July 14, 2015
    pasco washington