Jan Gregory Burnett
July 26, 1952 – August 15, 2021
Jan Gregory Burnett, “Greg”, passed peacefully to Heaven to be with our Lord and Savior with family by his side, August 15th, 2021. He is now free from pain of this earth and gets to enjoy the peace, joy, and love of Heaven with God and all our family that have gone before him. We are certain he has joined our family’s band of angels watching over all of us still here on earth.
Greg was born July 26, 1952, son of Betty Lou Aloway and John D Burnett in Oklahoma City. Upon his arrival, he was also the pride and joy of his sister Connie, who doted on him with such love. A few years later, he became the big brother of Jill, and the three of them shared many, many years of much love. He loved his Mom so much, he was such a good son to her, and always did such nice things for her to let her know he thought she was special. They had a special bond that has been reunited for sure in Heaven. Greg had such a kindness, tenderness, and love in his soul, it was hard to not be drawn to him with love. He always let his family know how much he loved them until the very last day, sometimes with GIFs, sometimes with the words, “I love you very, very, mucho.”
He loved his nieces and nephews too, from putting together their Christmas gifts to simply remembering them for special events, he was always there. He loved his extended family too, always talking so kindly of his aunts, uncles, and cousins. His family extended to neighbors and co workers as well. When asked right before his passing, when do you think you will retire, his answer was simply, I don’t think I will, I love my friends there. He always saw the happiness life had to offer wherever he was present in the moment, even if in pain, he never complained.
Greg had a beautiful, large but small menagerie of things over the years, and although to some may not have seemed special, to him, it brought great joy! His innocent, childlike joy was to be admired. He had VHS, DVDs collection beyond imagination, little cars, sand, Mardi Gras beads, Jerry Garcia ties, Air Jordan 23 shoes, stamps, coins, Batman cars, big fish pillows, so many little things that brought him joy!! His bag he took to the hospital simply had a DVD player and DVDs so he would have something fun to do! What a wonderful view, he saw beauty in the simplest of things, and it made him smile.
Greg spent his years in Oklahoma City, Fort Worth, Phoenix, Laguna Beach, Cripple Creek, and the last 20 years in Central City, Colorado. He was mostly in hospitality hotels, some time as a mortician, loved to detail cars, but most of his career was a MOD at a casino. He shared, “You see it all there”, but he always saw the good in people. Even those who were struggling or really grumpy, he would say, “Yeah, they were just having a bad day, its okay”. He had this little tilt of his head, smile, and squint with a twinkle, that conveyed we are all just doing the best we can, so accepting of everyone.
He met God in his 30’s and always felt God was with him since then. He would say even when he had physical pain, “Oh well, it will be okay, God has a plan and I am not sure what it is, but I guess he will let me know”. Everyone who knew him shared he was one very strong person, brave, and kind. We are lucky to have had him as a brother, uncle, cousin, family or friend. He could bake some wonderful cookies too FYI! He was known as the cookie man, all across the land! He would give his shirt off his back for you, even if he didn’t have another shirt, that is just who he was.
We were so very lucky to have had him in our life! He was preceded in life everlasting by his parents, his nephew Kevin Cramer, and his brother- in -law, Roger Belisle. He is survived by his sisters, Connie Cramer-Hart, and her husband Bill Hart, and their children Katie and Chris Angioletti, son Falco, Brian and Parina Cramer and daughter Keya. Also, his sister Jill Grossman-Belisle and her children Ryan Belisle, wife Nicole, and children Talia and Pierce, Craig Belisle, Matthew Grossman, Melissa Grossman, and Michael Grossman.
Greg, we all love you, very, very mucho! Until we see you again with God, Aloha!
Greg’s celebration of life will be held September 18, 2021 at 12:00 CST at Crown Heights Christian Church in Oklahoma City, OK., 4020 N. Western Ave. OKC 73118. Live streaming will be available. He will be buried beside his mother and many relatives in Wanette, OK. His obituary and comments are also listed at dignitymemorial.com.
Celebration of Life
Saturday, September 18, 2021
Jan Gregory Burnett
September 17, 2021
I’m listening to a mix cd that my Cuz Greg burned for me when I spent a great time with him in Central City. I’m going to miss texting him BOOMER tomorrow morning.
Calvin D Smith
September 16, 2021
Your loss is unbearable. A true brother from another mother, as we would always say with great respect and love. Loosen the tie, and rest now,my friend. One last hug, until we see each other again. With all my brothers Love, Calvin Smith 😎
September 12, 2021
Greg always had an open ear whenever you needed to talk. I would always look for his shoes as I passed by what we refered to as the jungle on his patio. He is also the only person who ever had the perfect high altitude cookie recipe. We miss you Greg.
August 20, 2021
Thank you for your friendship my friend, I will miss seeing and talking with you. 😎
August 20, 2021
Greg was such an awesome person. A gentle man with a huge heart. He was a pleasure to work with. He will be greatly missed!!!!💜💙 - Angie
August 17, 2021
Gregg thank you for sharing a small part of your life with me. I will never forget our conversations, our laughter and life lessons we shared.