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Bryan James BurrJune 13, 1959 ~ October 7, 2017 (age 58)
Bryan James Burr died in an unfortunate tragedy on October 7, 2017. As the first of James and Carole Burr’s nine children, he was born on June 13, 1959 in Santa Monica, California. He grew up in Indian Hills in Provo. He would often say that the time he spent attending Provo High School was a highlight of his life. It’s easy to understand why, since during high school he started his relationship with his high school sweetheart, Natalie DeWolf. They were married April 15, 1978.
It is often said that life is a journey and not a destination. For Bryan, the consummate man of action, life was about the destinations. After all, it is in life’s destinations where most action is concentrated. Shortly after marrying Natalie, they started a family, which grew until they had six children and eighteen grandchildren. They raised their family in the cities of Orem and Alpine, where Bryan employed his natural talent for leadership in service to his community and to his faith. Bryan earned a business degree from Brigham Young University; then he soon followed in the footsteps of a long line of enterprising entrepreneurs in his family and started a helicopter company in 1992. Through sweat, and blood, and years of grinding work he built a successful business that provided well for his family and employees. Everyone who has ever worked alongside Bryan Burr knows when he showed up, the job got done and got done right.
For those fortunate enough to spend time with Bryan during life’s journeys - whether mountain biking through the foothills of Alpine, driving across the West in a pickup truck, soaring above the mountains in a plane, or simply sitting at the table for Sunday dinner - they knew he was a man who thought profoundly, laughed loudly, loved unconditionally, and only cultivated friendships meaningfully. He had an unflinching love for life and a strong, abiding testimony of Jesus Christ.
His loss is unfathomable for those who loved him most, and his legacy is unforgettable for those who knew him.
He is survived by his wife, Natalie; his daughter, Heather (Shea Taylor); his five sons, Benjamin (Olivia), Adam (Ashley), Cameron (Ashley), Matthew (Raquel), and Marcus (McKenna); his father, James (Linda); his mother, Carole; his mother-in-law, Janice DeWolf; his two brothers, Brett (Julie) and Brigham (Julie); his six sisters, Susan (Jim Miguel), RoseMarie (Mark Walker), Lara (Jimmy Johnson), Sharon (Michael Lee), Emily (Kirk Bodhaine), and Amanda (Danny Kerpan); and many nephews, nieces, and grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, October 14, 2017 at 2:00 pm in the Alpine North Stake Center, 1125 East Alpine Blvd., Alpine. Family and friends may attend a celebration of Bryan’s life on Friday evening from 6-8 pm at the Stake Center. Interment will be in the Alpine City Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.olpinmortuary.com.