Burke Visick Waldron
12/31/2020

Burke Visick Waldron of Washington, Utah departed this life on Thursday, December 31, 2020. He was born May 22, 1924 to Ernest and Verena Visick Waldron. He married Taye Ensign on September 13, 1949 in St. George, Utah.

Burke enlisted in the Navy in January of 1942 and was part of the Navy’s first ground force, GroPac #1 unit. He was part of the invasion of Makin Island and also the invasion of Saipan Island and was honorably discharged in January of 1946.

Burke served a two-year mission in the East Central States for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. They held street meetings and went without purse or script, depending upon the kindness of the people for a bed and food.

Returning home, he attended Brigham Young University where he met his wife Taye at a dance. They were engaged within a week of that first meeting. They raised five children together. Burke and Taye later served a mission in the Ohio Columbus Mission. Burke served as a Bishop in Carson City, Nevada for five years.  Burke worked for himself during his life. Construction superintendent, Salesman, Auto detail shop, Garage door business and as a General Contractor finally retiring at the age of 92.

He served as a temple worker in the Los Angeles, Seattle and St. George Temples. He traveled to the World War II museum in New Orleans, the 75th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor, and threw out the first pitch at the Mariner’s game in 2016 that brought him national notoriety. He walked in his Navy Dress Whites in the Bremerton Armed Forces Day parade for 19 years. In July 2019, he was honored as he returned to Saipan for their 75th Anniversary of Liberation.

He is survived by his children:  SherLee Waldron (Caldwell, Idaho), Craig (Lynette) Waldron (Sandy, Utah),  Duff Waldron (Honolulu, Hawaii), Clarke (Ellen) Waldron, Provo, Utah and Gayle (Fred) Daly (Washington, Utah), 13 grandchildren and 29 great grandchildren. Burke was preceded in death by his wife Taye Ensign Waldron on July 1, 2010.

Burke requested no services be held. He felt he had experienced all the accolades a man could dream of during his life. He will be interred at the Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent, WA. His family would like to acknowledge the respect and care given by the Veterans Home of Ivins, Coral Desert Rehabilitation and Dixie Home Rehab & Hospice.

Arrangements are made under the direction of Spilsbury Mortuary, 110 S, Bluff St., St George, Utah (435)673-2454.

Friends and family are invited to sign Burke’s guest book at www. Spilsburymortuary.com.

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8 Responses

  1. Burke you are leaving. a wonderful legacy for your close family and for those further removed as cousins. Rest in peace. You’ve earned it and may you have a joyous reunion with family members on the other side of the veil.

  2. I had the honor of being “pen pals” with Burke for a good portion of 2020. We corresponded about our childhood and military experiences and of course, religion. While I served in the Army in Vietnam, my mother was in the Navy during WWII. Burke and I had lots to “talk” about along those lines. Although I never had the pleasure of meeting him in person, I found him to be a kind and wonderful human being. Rest In Peace, my friend. You’ll be missed.

  3. My Dear friend Burke, I loved when you would drop by my clinic and make me laugh, always had a wonderful story to share and talk about your sweetheart. It was so fun to tease you about being your other girlfriend, even my husband was ok with it. You will be greatly missed and thank you for all your amazing service to our country and everyone who knew you. Love you my friend.

  4. I remember visiting Aunt Taye and Uncle Burke in San Luis Obispo and seeing him hanging upside down on a contraption to make him healthier. It must have done something! Such great memories of him. I’m proud to be related to him.

  5. Although we only knew Burke Waldron for a couple of years, we loved him. What a great man! Age is doing what our enemies in the War couldn’t.
    I have told him before but want to say again, “Thank you for your service “
    We send condolences to his family who are left behind.
    With love,
    Terry & Vicky Dickens

  6. We will always have a part of Burke in our lives and memory, right in the kitchen cabinets he installed! Other contractors have been impressed with his support design on the island.
    He was such an energetic man with a heart of gold and a testimony of the Gospel to match.

  7. Burke Waldron was a truly lovely and deeply decent man whom we considered a dear friend. He and Richard must be having a great time in Heaven.

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