- March 5, 1924 - February 10, 2017
- Centerville, Utah
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Glen Max Burnham was born March 5, 1924, in Salt Lake City, Utah. He was the eldest child of Eliza Gertrude "Billie" Ellis and Clark Burnham. Glen spent much of his childhood in Farmington, Utah, as a child of the Depression, he also lived in California and Washington state, while his father sought employment. As a result, Glen learned tolerance of diversity and an ability to adapt to challenge and change. He died February 10, 2017, while visiting his daughter in Cathedral City, California.
A graduate of Davis High School, class of 1942, Glen took civilian flight training and joined the U.S. Navy. He became a fighter pilot and served on the U.S.S. Kitkun Bay. At the time he was commissioned, he was the youngest commissioned officer in the Navy. He served until December, 1945, and stayed in the Naval Reserves for 30 years. Glen kept in contact with his ship-mates and participated in 25 yearly reunions with these members of the "greatest generation."
Glen married Carmen Ruth Adams in 1944 and they had 2 daughters, Mary Anne and Christine. They lived in Farmington and Layton, and were later divorced. He subsequently married Maxine Miles in 1968, and they lived in Centerville. He helped rear Maxine's 4 children, Marianne, Bonnie, Sharon, and Alan.
Glen had a fine mind and continued to learn all his life. He planned to study aeronautical engineering after the war ended, but duty called and he returned home to Utah to join his father in business. They were partners in Burnham's Flowers, a wholesale floral business in Salt Lake City and in Los Angeles. While building a business and rearing a family, Glen attended the University of Utah, studying business administration. He later earned his degree in computer science and worked at Hill Air Force Base for more than 20 years.
Upon retirement Glen and Maxine indulged in their love of travel. They explored Europe in a VW van and saw the U.S. in their motor home, making new friends along the way. They enjoyed many winters in Yuma until Maxine was diagnosed with cancer in 2003. At that point Glen became the devoted caregiver until Maxine passed away in 2006.
Possessing a beautiful tenor voice, Glen sang in high school operettas, church choirs, and in the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barbershop Quartet Singing in America. Ever willing to help out, he coached a native Hawaiian church choir learning to sing the "Messiah," while he was stationed in Hawaii.
Glen was active in the Jaycees, and fondly recalled getting to know Richard Nixon at a national Jaycee convention. He also served on the Board of Rowland Hall School.
Glen's parents, his brother Paul (Karlee), his beloved wife Maxine, and his son Alan preceded him in death. He is survived by his sister Diane Hancey (Rex), his daughters Mary Anne Chesarek (Richard), Christine Helfrich (Peter), Marianne Parsons (Phil), Bonnie Christensen, and Sharon Lusienski (Phil), and his loving cat Sammy. He is also survived by numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
A descendant of Mormon pioneers, Glen was respectful of all spiritual paths. He supported his family in the spiritual journeys they undertook. For the last 14 years, he has been a member of the Episcopal Church. He loved and was loved by his church family.
There will be a celebration of Glen's life at the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection, 1131 South Main St., Centerville, Utah. Date and time will be announced at a later date.
The family thanks all those who helped Glen to remain independent in his home. His neighbors, friends, and extended family enabled him to live in comfort and dignity in spite of his physical limitations. There are angels among us.
Upcoming Funeral Services
Saturday, April 01
Episcopal Church of the Resurrection
1131 South Main St. Centerville, UT 84014