Burke Heusser Obituary (2021) – Salt Lake City, UT

Burke Robert Heusser

1954 ~ 2021

Burke Robert Heusser died peacefully at his home in Mesquite, Nevada on November 18, 2021 after suffering serious health problems in recent years. He was born on May 31, 1954 and received with great anticipation and joy by his parents Blaine Raymond Heusser and Lanae Butters Heusser. He grew up in Salt Lake City and graduated from Highland High School in 1972. He attended Utah State University, where he earned two undergraduate degrees and later a master’s degree in 1991. Burke worked in a variety of professions and eventually went to work for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. His career with the USDA has taken him to many locations in the country, including Colorado, Montana, and Minnesota.

After his mother’s death in 2012, he retired from the USDA and returned to his childhood home in Salt Lake City. Retirement allowed him to spend more time doing the things he loved, especially one of his 3 beloved Harley motorcycles. His Harleys took him on many adventures, including several cross country road trips with his great friend Doug. Perhaps the highlight of his road trips was a visit to Daytona Speedway in Florida and a lap in a real racing car. Burke was also very fond of animals, and they loved him.

Longing for the quiet, secluded life, Burke moved to his beloved cabin in Southfork, Colorado in 2019. Health problems forced him to look for a place with better medical care. In December 2020 he moved to Mesquite, which was his last stop in life.

Many thanks to Tina, his supervisor, who has given him comfort and compassion over the last year of his life. She was truly a tender grace to Burke and allowed him to stay in his house until his death. Thanks also to Mesa View Hospice for the wonderful and compassionate care over the last 2 weeks of his life. Burke is at peace and at last with his parents and grandparents who preceded him in death and whom he loved so much.

An informal gathering will be held at Wasatch Lawn Mortuary on Friday, December 3rd at 1:00 p.m. to remember Burke and celebrate his life. You can remember and honor Burke’s life with donations to the Humane Society.

Published by The Salt Lake Tribune November 23-28, 2021.

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