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David Michael Burks
02/01/1962 — 09/12/2021
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David Michael Burks
On Sunday, September 12, 2021, David Michael Burks passed away at the age of 59, along with his loving father Frank Burks. David was a loving and passionate son, brother, uncle, nephew, father, coach, and friend.
David was born in Richland, Washington to Frank and Sharon Burks, a proud Bomber alum, and spent the majority of his life in the Tri-Cities area, moving to Colorado with his family to pursue career opportunities in the nuclear industries. Much like his hard-working father, David worked his way from an entry level operator position to a well-respected operations manager in the nuclear industry, while moonlighting as “Dr. Dave” when his kids would all too often crash on skateboards and bikes and needed minor medical attention. Like many of the Burks men before and after him, he was known for his playful spirit, quick wit, desire to make others laugh and his passion to share his favorite things with others.
David was a great leader, not only at work but also outside of work. While living in Colorado he helped build a scholarship program in honor of the students who lost their lived in the Columbine shooting. David also had a passion for coaching and sport, whether it was sharing life lessons with his hockey players, playing outside with his kids, or attending a Seahawks game, he was always ready to jump in and make the activity as enjoyable as he could.
The majority of David’s career was spent as a well-respected Operations Manager, but also most recently was working with his sister Shelly to provide healthy water to people’s homes. One of David’s favorite things to do was to spend time working on and showing a 59 Dodge Custom Royal with his father Frank, as well as helping with taking care of his uncles, a sense of care that has been passed down in the Burks family. David was the youngest child of Frank and Sharon Burks, with older siblings James Burks and Shelly Baker, the father of Alec, Ryan and Lauren, and a father figure at times for many of their friends. Whether it was a spin class at Gold’s Gym, a hike up Badger Mountain with friends, a bike ride with family, or coaching a hockey team on the verge of a national tournament bid, Dave always brought a sense of support and smiles to those around him.
He was a rare light in this world that will be greatly missed by so many. One of the most impactful aspects of David’s life was his faith and one of his favorite bible verses was Psalm 91. “If you say, ‘The Lord is my refuge’, and you make the Most High your dwelling, no harm will overtake you, no disaster will come near your tent.” Son, Dad, Brother, Nephew, Uncle, Coach, and Friend, we will miss you dearly and we look forward to the day we see you again. When we do, we will gladly “fly” if you “buy” to get your favorite Heath Bar Blizzard.
Hermano David I have no words to explain the way I feel , you were an amazing person , I can’t understand why this things happens! I will never forget all the great moments we spent together.
I will miss you my brother and friend
Thanks for being a friend that was ALWAYS there. Your friend eternally my brother. Thanks for a lifetime of wonderful memories. I’m truly blessed to have been and be a part of you and your families life. Until we meet again we’ll be talking in prayers.
A terrible loss to the Burks family! It was a true pleasure to get to know you, vacation with you and join in on all the family festivities! Our hearts are broken but with Gods grace we will persevere, until we meet again!! Much love, prayers and condolences from Terry & Carla Watson
My most heartfelt condolences to Sharon, David’s children, Shelly, Jimmy, and family. When I think of David I think of his quick wit , spirit of fun, and joy.
I remember David and his family stopping to visit my parents on the way to Sea Side when his children were young, his love and connection with his kids was so evident!
My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Being your friend and brother from Mexico, I can tell you that you were one of the most transparent and fun people I’ve ever met, I’m going to miss you a lot, here you left a great sense of emptiness , very difficult to understand
Checo Torres Rocha. Celaya Mexico
I will miss your smile. You were an amazing soul and you could feel it being around you. Thank you for the hikes up Badger Mountain! We all love your family!! Have fun up in Heaven with your Dad and uncles!
Cindy Fuller Stephens
My sincere condolences for all the Burks family… I deeply saddened to have heard this news about David and Frank… always so many great memories playing with them as kids when we would visit our Aunt Edith… peace and prayers to all my Burks cousins 🙏
R.I. P., my friend. Didn’t know you well but considered you a friend. You will be missed by all.💔😢
Dave, I am so sad that I won’t see you again and yes, I would gladly endure hours of your brotherly teasing! You were always a quick-witted smarty pants, but you were also one of the good guys. A loving dad, son, brother and friend, taken too soon. Rest in peace, Dave. Love from your Aussie Sis, Doone xo
So sorry, Peace be with you and family
Dave was a tremendous boss and caring friend. I will always remember his caring for others. You will be missed but in a much better place.