April 27, 1920 –Dec. 26, 2012
Douglas W. Burke of Kennewick, Wash., died on Dec. 26, 2012. He was 92 years old. He was born in Lovell on April 27, 1920.
He served in the U.S. Army from 1941 to 1944. He married Rachel Smith in the Salt Lake City LDS Temple in 1946. He graduated from the University of Wyoming with both bachelor’s and master’s degrees. He received his Ph.D. in plant pathology in 1955 from Washington State University. In 1956, he moved to Prosser, Wash., where he worked for many years at IAREC. While at IAREC, he helped develop more viable bean crops that were used throughout the United States. In 1967-68, he was a visiting professor at University of Wisconsin-Madison.
He was a lifelong member of the LDS Church, serving diligently in many church responsibilities throughout his life. He was branch president in both Greeley and Prosser. He also served as manager of the church welfare farm. This was in addition to his plant pathology job. At the church farm on many Saturdays he could be found with his sons teaching them the lessons of hard work and service.
After retirement, he spent a year in Botswana with USAID helping with cowpea production. Doug and Rachel went on a church mission to India, 1987-88. In later years, Doug was a genealogy enthusiast. He took care of Rachel for nine years as her health failed.
He is survived by five sons, Winston, John, Doug, Tom and Merril; grandchildren, great-grandchildren and a sister Viva Ellis, of Colorado.
A viewing was held at Mueller’s Tri-Cities Funeral Home on Union Street in Kennewick, Wash. The funeral will be at Hansen Park LDS Chapel, also in Kennewick, at 11a.m., on Thursday, Jan. 3.
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