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Obituary: David Donald Burton

Chino Valley/Prescott, AZ — Army veteran David Donald Burton, 80, of Chino Valley, Arizona, a retired road construction heavy equipment operator, died Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018. He passed away peacefully at the Northern Arizona VA Health Care Center (NAVAHCS) hospice center in Prescott, Arizona, after battling cancer, a series of mini-strokes and dementia.

Survivors include his wife, Kathy, of 35 years; daughter, Nancy (Kelly) of Waddell, Arizona; son, Joe (Deb) of Austin, Texas; son, Sam (Heather) of New River, Arizona; son, Ben (Carina) Maxwell of Washington; brother, Gary (Inta) of Vernon, Arizona; sister, Judy (Rick) of Overgaard, Arizona; brother-in-law, Rex Chugg; and sister-in-law, Donna West of Chino Valley; 11 grandchildren; Katie, Jenny, Ethan, Bryce and Noah of Phoenix, Zofia, Levi Jr., Lyle and Kevin in Texas, and Jacob and Skyler in Washington; five great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Dave was preceded in death by his parents, Donald and Marian (Morgan) Burton; two sisters, Shirley Chugg and Donna Foster; and son, Levi Maxwell.

Dave was born on Feb. 13, 1938, in Bozeman, Montana. He was raised in nearby Belgrade, graduating from Belgrade High School in 1956, and attended Montana State University-North in Havre. He enlisted in the Army in 1961 and served in Germany as a crane operator loading ordinance during the Vietnam war. He was honorably discharged in 1964 and returned to a successful career in road construction throughout Arizona.

Dave enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping and spending time with family and friends. His prize 6X7 point, non-typical mule deer buck hangs above his favorite recliner.

He was a character as described by most who knew him; enjoyed telling jokes, stories and giving whatever he had to family and friends. He was “tougher than a pine knot” in life and in his battles with life’s inevitable challenges towards the end. RIP, David D. Duck, you will be dearly missed.

Memorial services will be held at the NAVAHCS chapel in Prescott at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make memorial contributions and/or condolences, in his memory, to the NAVAHCS in Prescott, Arizona.

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