John Burns


December 27, 2017

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John Burns

John Burns, 62, passed away Dec. 20, 2017, at Promise Hospital, in Salt Lake City.

Burns was born Nov. 25, 1955, in Truth or Consequences, N.M., the son of Cecil Lewis Burns and Wilma Griffith.

He attended schools in Truth or Consequences, N.M., and was a 1973 graduate of the Truth or Consequences High School.

Burns married Rachel Rusk Feb. 14, 1977, in Baytown, Texas.

He worked as a trona miner for General Chemical for 42 years.

Burns enjoyed spending time with family, especially his grandchildren, camping, hunting, going to the movies, swimming, eating cookies, snow skiing and being a family man.

Survivors include his wife, Rachel Burns of Palacios, Texas; one son, JD Burns and wife Lyndsey of New Baden, Texas; one daughter, Christie Drake and husband Brandon of Alexandria, Va .; one brother, Kenneth Griffith; three sisters, Vicky Childers of Farmington, N.M., Karol Rex of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Susan Griffith of Cebolla, N.M .; three grandchildren, Giuliana Burns Drake, Kierstyn Burns, Raeley Burns, as well as several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

The family of Johnny Burns respectfully requests that donations in his memory be made to his GoFundMe account:

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