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Sunset Northwest Funeral Home

6321 Bandera Road, San Antonio, TX

OBITUARY

Garland Lee Burch

August 11, 1945July 7, 2019

Garland Lee Burch was born on August 11, 1945 in Reidsville, NC and passed away on July 7, 2019 in San Antonio, TX. He is survived by his wife Wendy (Hanson) Burch, son William Burch, brother Dwight M. Burch and sister Sally Barbour. Garland was preceded in death by his parents Garland D. and Sally (Oakley) Burch and his brother Stuart M.Burch. Garland graduated from Virginia Tech in the ROTC program in 1968. He served in the Army from 1968 - 1971 and was a Captain in Vietnam from 1970 - 1971. Garland’s career as a physical / geotechnical engineer was long and prosperous, working primarily with Raba Kistner Consultants. Garland was a loving and responsible husband and father, a son who brought happiness and admiration to his parents, a helpful and caring big brother, an enlightening and inspiring teacher and mentor to many aspiring new engineers, a reliable, helpful, and eminently knowledgeable coworker, a trusted comrade in arms and a most likable and friendly person, who family, friends, coworkers, and casual acquaintances respected and enjoyed. Garland’s family would like to ask, in lieu of flowers, please donate to your local animal rescue group in Garland’s name. Garland will be laid to rest at Ft. Sam Houston at a date yet to be determined.

  • FAMILY

  • Wendy Burch, Wife
  • William Burch, Son
  • Dwight M. Burch, Brother
  • Sally Barbour, Sister
  • Garland Burch, Father
  • Sally (Oakley) Burch, Mother
  • Stuart M. Burch, Brother

Services

27 July

Visitation

12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Sunset Northwest Funeral Home

6321 Bandera Road
San Antonio, Texas 78238

27 July

Memorial Service

2:00 pm

Sunset Northwest Funeral Home

6321 Bandera Road
San Antonio, Texas 78238

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Garland Lee Burch

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Mel Danysh

July 12, 2019

The measure of a man is his lasting contribution to the culture. Garland’s professionalism and demeanor with his peers and clients has left a standard we can all emulate. It was a shock and a deep sense of loss when I was informed of his passing this life. Garland was always willing to take the call and answer the questions with conviction. His advice had always provided a sense of comfort when dealing with the non-homogeneous and variable geotechnical properties relied upon by structural engineers in designing foundations. His experience and advice will be greatly missed by my profession. I was not familiar with his life beyond our work relationship but I am confident his attributes as a professional engineer were equally found in all aspects of his life. All of the fine and touching tributes sent by those before me ring true. This is a man I knew and admired. God is pleased.

Dennis HOYT

July 12, 2019

My deepest sympathy to Garland's wife Wendy and son Bill.
May God give you comfort and strength in this most difficult time.

It was my privilege to know Garland for 35 years.

Our Engineering Profession first brought us together and then over the years he became a trusted adviser and friend.

I will truly miss him, in this life, but I take comfort in knowing that he has gone on to Heaven and no longer suffers from illness or pain.

Stephen Archer

July 11, 2019

I am sad to hear about the passing of Mr. Burch. I knew Garland on a professional basis only and had limited interactions with him over my career, but I knew Garland to be a respected engineer among his peers in the geotechnical engineering community. He was always very welcoming to me and I enjoyed the opportunity to work with him. I encourage his family to lean on our Lord Jesus during this grieving period and allow the word in Revelation 21 be of comfort. We all will know a new Heaven and a new Earth with the Almighty Jesus sitting on the throne. My prayers are with you and for you.

Dave Frazier

July 11, 2019

Garland was great friend and mentor who I always enjoyed visiting with. You provided me with so much wisdom and help over the years and will be greatly missed.

Stephen Horvath

July 10, 2019

Garland was a great friend for many years! Decades in fact. He attended many of the Professional Engineer events and I could always spot Garland in the winter wearing his red jacket. He was very easy going, honest and a great engineer that many relied on and respected his professional knowledge and experience. I always enjoyed visiting with Garland and his Wife Wyndy when she attended functions with Garland. They are both just good people! We will miss Garland greatly.

Rick Klar

July 10, 2019

Garland Burch was a great and humble man that served as my mentor and friend for my entire professional career. I have benefitted greatly from knowing him. Almost everything I know about geotechnical engineering and maintaining good client relationships, I learned from him. He always encouraged me to share bad news quickly and in the simplest terms to support difficult decisions. Over the past two decades that we worked together, I was inspired by the way that he brought people together to work through and solve difficult problems. It is even more impressive that he had done this exact same thing for at least two decades prior to my knowing him over the course of his eventful professional career. He was never afraid of a challenging assignment and a consummate expert at cutting through superfluous information to get to the core of an issue. His excellent reputation in the local engineering community as a trusted advisor is unparalleled. Garland took the time to listen to his clients and coworkers and therefore always tackled the problems that needed to be solved. I will miss his unfailing guidance and levelheaded wisdom in all matters. I am extremely grateful for the time we spent together and the lessons that he taught me. I will continue to follow his advice each and every day.

Michael Qualls

July 9, 2019

Garland was always a man of integrity, honesty and wisdom. Something that is hard to find these days. I will miss him and pray that he is not giving GOD too much grieve about the "Bad Soil" conditions in Heaven!

Frank Jaster

July 9, 2019

Garland has always been a friend, mentor, and someone I could go to when I had geotechnical questions. He will be greatly missed.

Mary Parham

July 9, 2019

Wendy and Bill:
Sending my sincere and deepest sympathy. Garland was a good man. May God give you peace and strength during this difficult time, but knowing that he is no longer in pain or sick, will give you comfort.

I have fond memories of working with Garland. I was fortunate to have worked with him at Raba-Kistner and starting the San Antonio Office of AGRA with him. He always had a cheery personality. He loved when I would pick up my daughter (now 30) from daycare and bring her to the office. He was always drawing some picture with her and for her. I actually still have a couple of these. It was a pleasure to work for him. I never felt like he was a boss, but a friend.

Edward moore

July 8, 2019

I have many memories of Garland going back to our high school days as Martinsville High School “Bulldogs”, serving with him in Vietnam while we were in the Army, and a great and important friendship for many years thereafter. Trips back to “Old Dawgs” reunions in Virginia, our 50th class reunion that he worked so diligently on. His visits with us on South Padre Island were special, as was his friendship over the years. Gloria and I will miss his smile, his laugh, his always positive spirit.

Edward and Gloria Moore

FROM THE FAMILY