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Troy Burton was born on December 15, 1929 in Lapoint, Utah to Charley and Norma Caldwell Burton. He passed away peacefully on April 8, 2019 in his home in Vernal, Utah. He married his sweetheart, Doris Karren Burton, on March 29, 1951. They eloped to Elko, Nevada.
After their wedding, Troy served on the front lines in the Korean War. During his service he made many special friends that he stayed in contact with throughout his life. He was very humble and rarely spoke about his time in Korea. He recently received the Ambassador For Peace award from the Republic of Korea.
After returning to Vernal he worked on the Karren family ranch on Blue Mountain, Colorado. He worked for Ashton's as a carpenter and later spent twenty years working for Vernal City as their head carpenter. He was so fun and so pleasant to be around that many co-workers would spend their breaks in his workshop. He was respected by all of his co-workers and they made him an Honorary Vernal City Policeman. He built many homes throughout the Uintah Basin, including 3 of his own and one for his son Kim. He was a very gifted cabinet maker. In his retirement, he enjoyed playing and building mandolins and fiddles. He was a superb harmonica player. He played music in bands and with friends. He was a talented musician, but couldn't read a note of music. He was self-taught and played everything by ear. You seldom went into his home without hearing him playing an instrument, usually one that he built himself. He also stayed busy making beautiful carvings, wooden bowls and any other project he set his mind to. He loved yard work and being outside. He kept a beautiful garden for many years and loved having his great-grandsons help him irrigate and tend to the garden. He will be remembered by many as mowing the grass on his riding lawnmower and standing out in his front yard spraying the lawn by hand.
He loved watching Rodeos on television. At times, the family had to plan dinners & parties around the Rodeo schedule. He enjoyed watching the Utah Jazz and Denver Broncos. He tried hard to attend every game & school program of his grandchildren & great-grandchildren.
Troy was known affectionately by his family as Pop. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He took care of everyone in the family. He was very good with his hands and could fix anything. He was known for his unique sense of humor. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
Troy is survived by his son, Dennis Kim Burton of SLC, daughter, Julie Burton of Vernal, grandson Brandon (Danette) Brooks of Vernal, grandaughter Brooke Burton of SLC, grandaughter Mandy (Brett) Lane of Windsor, CO, great-grandchildren Brayden Brooks of Vernal, Brennen Troy Brooks of Vernal, Quayd Lane of Windsor, CO, Moses Macias and Stella Macias of SLC, sister-in-law Carolyn Karren of Las Vegas, Nevada, Nephew Wayne Karren of Las Vegas, Nevada, Niece Margaret Karren of Carbondale, CO, Nephew Rick (Virginia) Karren of Saugus, CA, Niece Janet Holden of Brigham City, UT.
Troy is preceded in death by his wife, Doris Karren Burton, parents Charley & Norma Burton, in-laws Victor & Stella Karren, sister & brother-in-law Waive & Vern Neilson, brother-in-law Richard Dick Karren, nephew Eugene Neilson.
The family would like to thank Dr. Woodward and the amazing caregivers and staff at Canyon Home Care and Hospice for the care they provided to our Pop. Especially his very special nurse, friend, and harmonica student, Janice Havens.
Funeral services will be held Monday 11AM at the Phillips Ashley Valley Funeral Home. A viewing for family and friends will be held Sunday evening from 6-8PM and Monday 9:45-10:45AM at the Mortuary. Interment will be in the Rockpoint Cemetery with military honors provided by the American Legion Post 11 and the Utah National Guard. Services have been entrusted to the care of the Phillips Ashley Valley Funeral Home.