John Thomas Burton

John Thomas Burton, 80, was born in Yonkers, NY on October 21, 1940, to parents Edward and Josephine Burton. He passed away at Dixie Regional Medical Center, St George, Utah on January 4, 2021 with his wife Julie, at his side. He lived in Connecticut as a child, Alaska as a teenager, and then moved to California where he met Julie. They married on July 9, 1977 at Bass Lake, California. They were “package deals” for each other, with both having young children from their previous marriage. He embraced her children as his own. He loved all the kids dearly and enjoyed teaching them how to snow ski, water ski, snowmobile, dirt bike, and drive four wheelers.

John was a successful businessman, leasing vehicles to the US Government. He and Julie lived in Layton, Utah prior to moving to Washington, Utah in 2009. If there was anyone who lived life to the fullest, it was John. He was a fearless man with an infectious laugh. He was an airplane owner and pilot. He always made sure he had the fastest sand car or RZR amongst his friends. John and Julie spent many years traveling in their RV to meet friends to ride side by sides on sand dunes and the slick rocks of Moab. He was known throughout the neighborhood as he would stop and talk to anyone. He was a “glass is half full” type person who never complained about having a bad day. His kindness could be seen in the fresh flowers he would bring home to Julie each week, his love towards animals, and his willingness to always help those in need.

John is survived by his wife Julie Burton; his daughter Lori Crespo; his sons Christopher and Clayton Burton; stepsons Gary and Craig Hanlin; a sister Josephine Hanger; many in-laws, nieces, nephews, 7 grandchildren, and 7 great-grandchildren.  He is preceded in death by his parents, siblings, Jack Burton and Arlene Kottich, and his beloved schnauzer, Rocky.

A service to celebrate John’s life will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations in his name to Primary Children’s Hospital, Salt Lake City, Utah.

Arrangements are made under the direction of Spilsbury Mortuary, 110 S Bluff St, St. George, Utah. Friends and family are invited to sign his online guestbook at





Service will be at a later date


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8 Responses

  1. You were an amazing man Uncle John, I will miss our chats and thank you for your wisdom, teaching me how to ride when I was young, and taking me with on many riding excursions.
    I loved spending summer vacations with you and Aunt Julie.
    Rest in peace Uncle John…

  2. I love you so much dad. I know you are now feeling so much better. Have a good time with all the family up in heaven with you and tell them we said hello.

  3. John, we love you so much and look forward to a time when we will meet again! Your smile and laughter will be missed dearly. Thanks for all the special memories that we were able to share with you and Julie. We enjoyed so many great adventures with you leading the pack!

    Tab & Julie Tucker

  4. Julie, John will never be forgotten he was such an awesome man that always made us feel that he was glad to be around us. We enjoyed him so much his laughter, his Cantor, and his insatiable desire for adventure. We are so very sorry for your great loss, he will be missed sorely by all who knew him. Love You Jute

  5. Life will be a little less fun without John. He led us on many bike, sand dunes and UTV Excursions. John will always be in our hearts. I will miss him greatly. I am so thankful for the friendship I have had with John and Julie as they have enriched my life so much. Thank you John. God bless.

  6. The time we spent with John and Julie was so much fun. John was kind and welcoming. The snowmobile trips to Yellowstone are some of our best memories
    Sending our love to you Julie and or deep sympathy to you

  7. Looking at St George News and saw John’s picture. My thoughts were: “I know that guy.” I met John at the rec. center in Washington. He would use the arm bike and I would ride the other bike. He was a friendly pleasan guy. One day I mentioned to another patron that I hadn’t seen John today. (referring to another John) John Barton spoke up and said, “I am John.” That was the first time I knew his name. Until today I didn’t know his last name. Such a nice friendly man he will be missed.

  8. This was very sad news, John was a wonderful person and I enjoyed being around him. I know god has a special place in heaven for such a nice man..

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