In Loving Memory
Kirt James Burton
Kirt James Burton, beloved husband, father, son, brother, and friend died peacefully on Saturday, November 4th, 2017.
Kirt was born in Salt Lake City, UT on December 17th, 1954. After joining the Marine Corps at age 17, he served on the Honor Guard at Arlington Cemetery and the White House - eventually finding himself on the steps of the White House as President Nixon resigned.
After being honorably discharged, Kirt returned to Utah and enrolled in the University of Utah on the Montgomery GI Bill where he graduated with a degree in Marketing. During his time at the U, Kirt worked at Gillham Advertising where he met his soul mate Kris - who he married on September 25, 1982.
Using Gillham as a launch pad, Kirt enjoyed an illustrious television advertising career with a steady upward trajectory. He was National Sales Manager and General Sales Manager at KTVX for 10 years; General Manager of TCI turned AT&T turned Comcast Media Sales for 10 years; and eventually Director of Sales for KSTU/Fox Television until he hung up his wingtips in 2008.
Kirt served as President of the Utah Advertising Federation in 1986 and was honored as American Advertising Federation (AAF) President of the Year in that same year. He served with distinction on the Board of Trustees for Utah’s Hogle Zoo, the Utah Alcohol Foundation, Odyssey House, and the Boys and Girls Club of Utah.
He was an amazing father that never seemed to tire of his son’s baseball games and his daughter’s often long and grueling dance recitals.
His proudest accomplishment was sending his daughter to two Ivy-league schools and sending his son to what he swears is an Ivy league school. A diehard New York Yankees and University of Utah Football fan until the end.
He was often fond of telling the following joke: Two friends would say that whoever died first would come back and tell the other if they had baseball in Heaven. When one friend eventually died he came back and said “the good news is: there is baseball in heaven...the bad news is: you’re pitching tomorrow.” Based on his ample frame, he’s probably more suited to be a catcher.
In addition to his mother Carol Quintana, he was predeceased by his brother Gary Burton.
He is survived by his wife Kris; children Rebecca (Cedric) Burton-Yau and Michael (Heidi) Burton; and his sisters Jackie (Joe) Leon and Connie Quintana.
A remembrance celebration will be held Saturday, November 11, 2017 from 1-3 pm at the Cottonwood Country Club, 1780 E. Lakewood Drive, SLC Utah.
In lieu of flowers the family has requested donations be made in Kirt's name to the Dementia Society of America.