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Vernon Burton

Vern, who was known for his wonderful sense of humor and ever present smile, was born in Omaha, Nebraska on June 3, 1924 and was the only child of John and Vesta Burton. He passed away peacefully on January 22, 2015. His early years were spent in Nebraska, Minnesota and Illinois before the family settled in the Los Angeles area of California when he was a freshman in High School. In July 1943, fresh out of high school, he was inducted into the U.S. Army and sent to Camp Adair, Oregon to a new wartime infantry division - the 7th Infantry "Trailblazer" Division. Vern fought in the Battle of the Bulge and was discharged in April, 1946 at the rank of Tech-Sgt.

He married Charlotte McKnight and they were married for over 66 years. He earned a BS in Entomology from U.C. Berkeley and a Masters from LSU. Vern spent his career with the Agricultural Extension branch of the University of California. The first ten years were spent as an Entomology Farm Advisor in Bakersfield followed by 28 years at U.C. Davis as an Entomologist Specialist.

Vern was a lifetime member of Kiwanis International and an active member of the Davis Kiwanis Club. While he was an avid golfer, he also loved playing bridge, family board games and reading, but mostly cherished spending time with his family. He is preceded in death by his parents, Vesta and John Burton and his wife Charlotte Burton. He is survived by his daughters Maryn Mason (Bill) and Anice Isaacs (Bob), and granddaughters Kimberly Mason, Audra Anderson (Kory), Rebecca Mason, Ashley Nolan (Bowie).

The family would like to give a special Thank You to Dr. Hackman at Sutter Davis Hospital for his wonderful care and to Yolo Hospice, especially Nurse Ted for his loving gentle care of our father/grandfather.

A Celebration of Life will be held at the University Retirement Community at 1515 Shasta Drive on Sunday, March 1, 2015 beginning at 2:00P.M. A "Putt One for Vern" contest will be included in the reception festivities. In lieu of flowers, remembrances can be made to either: The Bohart Museum, Dept. of Entomology, University of Ca, One Shields Ave., Davis, Ca 95616, or The Kiwanis Family House, 2875 50th St., Sacramento, Ca 95817 or The URC Foundation, 1515 Shasta Drive, Davis Ca 95616.

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Celebration of Life
Sunday, March 1, 2015
2:00 PM
University Retirement Community

1515 Shasta Drive
Davis, CA 95616

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We were Vern and Char's neighbors in Davis for the fourteen years that we lived there. Vern and I would see each other often outside our houses. We would hang out by the garage for short chats. He was a wonderful guy with a great laugh, good stories and always with great insight on whatever topic we would be discussing. Char would often call him in, perhaps rescuing him(?). We lost touch after my family moved to Massachusetts. I was very sorry to learn of Vern's passing. He was a wonderful guy with a great laugh, great to talk with. I would stop over the house a bit to catch up with Vern and Char together. I would love hearing the two of them exchange opinions (often the opposite) on a wide range of topics. Char and Vern each could dig their heals in. I think it was the evening martini(s) that could add fuel to the fire. I remember when Vern retired. Shortly thereafter he changed car license plates to 'X-BUGMAN". What a sense of humor! They were two wonderful people and each are missed. Joe DeVerna Formerly of 3906 Washoe St.

Joe DeVerna Feb 25 2015 12:00 AM