Douglas Richard Burkard
October 7, 1943 – October 29, 2019
Douglas “Doug” Richard Burkard, 76, of Sun City, AZ, son of Richard E. Burkard and Evelyn Burkard (Witnauer), passed away on October 29, 2019. Doug is survived by his wife of 54 years, Jeanne Mary Burkard, and their two children: Julie Ann Crawford and Brian Thomas Burkard; daughter-in-law Jennifer Burkard, son-in-law Steve Yosua, and nine grandchildren: Brandon and Paige Crawford; Kyle, Troy and Ryan Burkard; Melissa Crawford Palmer, Melanie Crawford Preston, Ashley and Zack Swartz; and three great grandchildren: Nina Burkard, Anthony and Christian Soto. Doug is also survived by his sister, Eileen Pozda, brothers, Duane Burkard (Pat) and Keith Burkard (Kathleen); sister-in-law Joan Boudreau. He was preceded in death by his brother Richard, sister Kay, and brothers-in-law Dick Pozda and Roy Boudreau.
Doug grew up in Buffalo, New York and was blessed enough to meet, fall in love and marry his high school sweetheart, Jeanne. He is a veteran who served his country for 6 years in the Army National Guard.
He, his wife and two children left Buffalo, New York in July of 1977 and began a new adventure in Arizona where he and his family remained. Doug’s career was in transportation where he spent years driving oil trucks, then moving on to dispatching, then management, and then spending his last working years in truck sales for Kenworth, before retiring in 2007. He was part of the Arizona Motor Transport Association (“AMTA”)(now known as the “ATA”) where he announced and organized annual truck rodeos and went on to become the president of the AMTA. Doug was very active, volunteering at the ballpark for Spring Training, helping at the Elks Lodge and being a big part of his community where he lived at Paradise RV Resort.
Doug was a hard working, honest, “tell it like it is” man that gained the love and respect of so many people. He has left a big and positive impact on the world through the family, friends and people he has touched throughout his life.
He will be deeply missed, but always remembered with joy and respect.
A Memorial Mass celebrating Doug’s life will be held Saturday December 7, 2019 at 11:00 a.m., at Christ Community Church at Paradise RV Resort 10950 W. Union Hills Drive, Sun City, AZ 85373 In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to either The Salvation Army or the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
Christ Community Chruch at Paradise RV Resort
10950 W. Union Hills Drive
Douglas Richard Burkard
Art & Sandi Levario
November 7, 2019
Art and I met Doug during our careers in law enforcement and transportation. It all started in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Art a former DPS officer met Doug on the highway. Doug managed fuel trucks and his love for safe transportation and public safety brought the two of them together in work. I met Doug also in fuel transportation. We were fierce competitors but we also had respect for each other and shared the same love for trucking. Some of our best memories were sharing working truck rodeos with Doug and Jeannie.
When all four of us retired, we shared our real love, retirement on the open road. During our travels we toured all 48 states and many of them together. We made a lot of good memories with Doug and he was responsible for introducing us to full time RVing .
Every time we look out our window at Paradise RV we see Doug in our memories and we thank him for all the love and fun he added to our lives.
We remember Dougs words about having true friends and we thank him from the bottom of our hearts
Rest In Peace True Friend.
Art and Sandi
November 7, 2019
Doug was one of a kind, a great friend, and my RVing guru! I will miss his dry wit and tell it like it is approach to everything... always with kindness and class. I raise my cup of eggnog to him, celebrating his wonderful life. 🍶Love to you, Jeanne and kiddos.
Rudy & Pat Meyer
November 6, 2019
We are so sad. I've been praying for Doug since we learned about his cancer & will continue praying for Jeanne & the family.
Doug & Jeanne were RVing buddies of Rudy & I, having 'clicked' back in '13 when we met at Las Vegas TTN. We met again later that year at Birch Bay NACO in Washington, where we enjoyed a wonderful trip to Mt. Baker plus beautiful views of the sunset at nearby Semiahmoo Beach. Both Doug & I took enjoyed taking pictures, & believe me, we took lots! During that same trip, they celebrated their 48th Wedding Anniversary & on another day we brought them up here to Abbotsford, BC, where we had a great time at our local AgriFair.
Later that year, we stopped in to visit them at Paradise RV for a few days on our way to Texas. While there we went to Phoenix’s Desert Botanical Gardens to see Las Noches de las Luminarias featuring Chihully in the Garden, fantastic blown glass creations in all shapes & colours.
On our return from Texas in March '14, we met up with Doug & Jeanne at the Palm Springs TTN, where we had a wonderful visit, but also suffered through both a horrendous dust storm & an earthquake! In July the same year, we again met at Birch Bay NACO when, due to a forest fire, they had to leave Leavenworth TTN after a stay of only hours - the park was evacuated 3 hours after they left! This trip we again attended AgriFair here in Abbotsford, plus went to the nearby Lynden Fair.
Our next visit was in Jan. '16 when Rudy & I were staying at Countryside RV in Apache Junction, AZ. Doug & Jeanne drove over from Paradise RV Resort & we spent the day wandering around the Mesa Market Swap Meet. Our final visit was the same year at Verde Valley Thousand Trails near Cottinwood, AZ, when they drove up to visit us & other friends for the day.
We both have such wonderful memories of the times spent with Doug and Jeanne and I especially remember attending church with them on any Sundays we were together. Doug will be missed!
Pat and Gordon Bischoff
November 6, 2019
Julie and Brian
I don’t think I have to tell you how much I loved your dad (and mom). We met as neighbors on Hastings and our friendship has continued through all these years. I am so glad they were here last year and we got to spend a couple of wonderful days together. You are all in our prayers.
Pat and Gordy