R. Dean Burk, Jr.


R. Dean Burk, Jr. passed away from complications of rheumatoid arthritis and congestive heart failure on March 11, 2020 just 29 days past his 59th birthday.

Dean was a native to Arizona and to Casa Grande being born here on February 18, 1961. He attended Evergreen Elementary and Casa Grande Junior High. He is a graduate of Casa Grande Union High , class of 1979.

While in high school, he found his passion for electronics. He took most available class under the mentorship of one of his favorite teachers, Mr. Charles Staats. He also studied very hard and received the first of two broadcasting licenses from the Federal Communications Commission.

Having the desire to learn more, Dean enrolled in the DeVry Institute of Technology, Phoenix campus, and graduated with an Associates Degree in Electronics. Having this in hand, he landed a sweet job at Motorola. He worked hard and became a level 29 technician, doing the actual work of an electrical engineer.

It was during this time, that Dean found one of his other passions, his puppy dog Lucy. They spent 17 happy years together wandering the desert west of Colonial Del Sol.

Dean's life was not just on the technical side. Early on, some friends formed a band called Mirage and Dean was off to the races pursuing his love of music. Learning from his friends, he taught himself to play the acoustic guitar.

So to understand the Holy Bible better, he also taught himself the Greek language. Dean loved God and his Savior, Jesus Christ!

He is preceded in death by his father Ronnie Dean Burk, Sr., mother Marsha L. Burk, and his little sister, Rebecca E. Burk.

Survivors include his sister Kathi L. Burk, his brother and sister in law, Jason R. and Bessie L. Burk. Also numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. Our brother Dean will be sorely missed by all.

Per Dean's wishes, there will be no services.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Hospice of the Valley. Words cannot express our thanks to them for the wonderful care they have given Dean these past three years.

One last thanks to the folks who got together at Bobby C's house. Really means a lot to us.

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