Keith Leon Burnham

Born December 8, 1927

Keith Leon Burnham, born December 8, 1927, to Leroy and Erma Burnham. He grew up in the Capitol Hill area of SLC, and attended West High School. At the age of 16 he entered the Merchant Marines and traveled primarily in the Orient. He honorably served his country as a PFC in the Army, Company D, 31st Infantry Regime, and served as a frontline infantryman in the Korean conflict. Upon returning home he married his bride of 59 yrs, Joan Woolsey Burnham. Together they raised three children Candace Nordgren, Lonnie Burnham, and the late Joni Burnham. He is also survived by five grandchildren and six great grandchildren. He was a strong willed and independent entrepreneur and manager. He owned and operated Jiffy Messenger Service, and late in his life A-Auto Lockout. For the majority of his career he was the manager of Ute Cab Company, Budget Rent-a-Car and Ute Ambulance Service. He served his community by helping establish the SL County Meals on Wheels Program as an Initial Director. He assisted with development of handicapped transportation standards for the State of Utah. He served as the National Director for the US Motor Coach Association, where he personally helped wright and pass legislation lowering tax on recreational vehicles, along with former Gov. Huntsman. He had compassion and caring for the people around him. He gave his time and money to the causes he was compelled to help. Graveside services will be held on October 8, 2012 at Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park. Located at 3401 South Highland Drive SLC, at 2:00 PM. The viewing will commence at 1:00 PM prior to the graveside service.


  • Visitation Monday, October 8, 2012
  • Graveside Service Monday, October 8, 2012

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sophia & jose martinez

October 17, 2012

I just heard about my grandpas death. He's not biologically my grandpa but in mine and my husbnds heart him and grandma are our grandparents. The best in the world. I cant hardley breath. Ive been asking god why ive felt a sadness over my heart for the past week. I told my husband is something wrong with our grandparents. I googled his name and his obituary came up my husband had the same bothersome sad feeling. We love you grandpa. God please take good care of him there wasnt a better man than keith in the world. Now we just need to look for our grandma i know shes lost without him. Grandma we love you i'm so sorry this happened. In my eyes he was strong and healthy i know your devastated whereever you are along with us we love you. God told me to google his name because nobody's called me but god. I love you grandpa too perfect for this world you and grandma we love more than anyone else in the world and will forever. Now we need to find you grandma i hope your okay love and kisses your grandchildren jose and sophia martinez.

Marianne Bridges - Steinke

October 12, 2012

Joann & Family, I just heard today about your loss, my sincere condolences to all of you during this difficult time.

Doug Woolsey

October 10, 2012

Just heard today (10-9-2012) that Uncle Keith had past away. I have some fond memories of him. He will surely be missed.

Ted Cowan

October 8, 2012


I shall remember you and your family in my prayers. My condolences on your loss. This too shall pass.

Dennis & Linda Anderson

October 8, 2012

We had alot of fun and hard work with Keith, knowing him most of our lives. We were lucky to have enjoyed the time together.

October 8, 2012

Candace- thinking of you at this difficult time. Let me know if you need anything.

Cheryl Trutzel

ralph elnes

October 7, 2012

no man could ask for a better friend than him.Always there for anyone any time. I will greatly miss him.