John I. Burns


John I. Burns passed away at 85 years of age on January 6, 2022. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Loraine, three children: John Burns of Mesquite, Nevada; Janet Sundell (Charles) of Las Vegas, Nevada, and James M. Burns (Patty) of Strongsville, Ohio. In addition, he had: six children and 5 great grandchildren.

He was born on August 27, 1936, in Elm Grove, Ohio. He was a paratrooper in the 11th Airborne division stationed in Germany. After serving his country, he became an Ohio State Highway Patrol Officer for six years. Subsequently, he became a federal Special Agent with the U.S.Treasury Department. In that capacity he protected aircraft, both internationally and nationally, against skyjackings and terrorist attack prior to the formation of Federal Air Marshalls.  He was involved in security for U.S. Presidents and retrieved kidnapping victims sold into slavery in foreign countries. He was also a Special Agent with United States Customs and was rated a distinguished expert in marksmanship. He ended his working career as a real estate agent for Burns Realty in Rio Rico, Arizona.

His interests included boxing, shooting, hunting, and spending time with family. He enjoyed camping and RVing with his wife of 67 years. He was an accomplished storyteller, having his family in tears with laughter. Bible vacation camp and trumpet recital were my favorites.

Two traits which defined him were loyalty and his dogged determination, He had a strong sense of right and wrong and was very patriotic. He was our North Star.

The date of his service and viewing is January 28, 2022. The viewing will be held from 9:30 to 10:30 am, with the service to immediately follow at 11:00 am. The location of the service is: Spilsbury Mortuary at 110 South Bluff Street, Saint George, Utah 84770.

Following the service, John will be laid to rest at Tonaquint Cemetery, 1777 S. Dixie Drive, Saint George, Utah.

Arrangements are made under the direction of Spilsbury Mortuary, 110 S Bluff Street, St. George, Utah. 435-673-2454. Family and friends are invited to sign John’s online guest book at



9:30 – 10:30 am

Second Visitation


11:00 am


Spilsbury Mortuary
110 S Bluff Street
St. George, Utah


11:00 am
Tonaquint Cemetery
1777 S Dixie Drive
St. George, Utah

Guest Book

9 Responses

  1. Wishing the family comfort and peace in the days ahead. We will always carry his memory in our hearts. Rest in God’s love Uncle John .

  2. Having grown up on the same Creek as John, my family had upmost respect for John and his family. His examples always had positive affects as I matured into adulthood. I only have positive memories of John and I’m so sorry for his passing. Condolences the family. Brent Smith

  3. Lorain and family, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of John. I am Karla (Days) Jayne, daughter of Sybilla Thompson Conley and Walter Carl Days. I remember when you all would come back to Bob and Aldeana’s at Elm Grove. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

  4. I am so sorry to hear of John’s passing. I remember him visiting our home many times. He and my brother, Carl were good friends. They both were gun enthusiasts, and he would stop by to see any new gun that Carl had purchased. After my brother passed away, John wrote a beautiful letter to my Mother about Carl and how much he loved and respected her. The family appreciated that so much.

  5. Sorry for your loss, Loraine. I know that he will be greatly missed by you and his family and others. I lost my husband in 2015 and it’s not an easy thing to do. We had been married almost 59 years. I hope you remember me. We were good friends in high school.

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