Rodney L Burt passed away Sunday, May 29, 2022. He was born on August 5, 1934, to Taylor Crandall Burt and Harriet Lee Burt.
Rodney graduated from Springville High and Utah State University, playing football at both schools. He served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Days Saints in Australia. While on his mission he played on a basketball team of missionaries called the Mormon Yankees. He graduated from Utah State with a degree in mathematics with the goal of being a teacher.
He disliked student teaching so much he became a great construction superintendent/project manager for W. W. Clyde & Co. His children loved going to job sites with him and to “the shop” on Sunday evenings where he loaded his truck with supplies for the week. He made friends at every jobsite and would do whatever he was capable of to help the community he was working in.
He was sealed to Yvonne Hurst on March 13, 1958, in the Salt Lake City temple. He shared his love of football with her, and he is to blame for turning her into the fanatic BYU follower that she was, even though his heart remained with the Aggies.
Rodney’s passion was reading. He had a profound knowledge of, and love for, the gospel of Jesus Christ and served as a gospel doctrine teacher for many years. He had an answer for almost any question but never flaunted what he knew.
He never said negative things about anyone and was accepting of everyone. He was always willing to help others. He loved his wife and children and was a fantastic grandpa. He would spend hours carrying grandchildren, showing them everything in their surroundings. His patience was immeasurable.
In retirement he was a temple worker at the Provo temple, a member of the Springville city council, and spent countless hours in his woodshop turning beautiful pieces for his family and friends.
He is survived, in order of importance, by his cat, Dory, his children Mary Ann Hubbard, David (Marilyn) Burt, Laura Burt, Linda Burt, Michael (Colleen) Burt, and Rachel Burt. His grandchildren Taylor, Jeffrey, Emily, Alex, Nicholas, Noah, Michael, Arlo, Anna, Casey and Chaleesa. Rodney has 10 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by a brother and sister, Bryan (Lynn) Burt and Susan (Neil) Sorensen. He was proceeded in death by his wife Yvonne, his parents, Taylor and Harriet, and his brother Kent (Glenna).
In Australia he picked up a saying – “Keep your pecker up” – meaning stay hopeful and optimistic in the face of adversity.
A viewing will be held Friday, June 3 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, June 4, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Funeral services will be held Saturday, June 4 at 11:00 am. Both will be held at the LDS Canyon Chapel at 1965 E. Canyon Rd., Springville, UT 84663.
A Live Broadcast of services will begin at 11 am, where you can log in up to 15 minutes prior at Legacy Funerals & Cremations on Facebook. Condolences and memories may also be shared with the family at https://www.legacyfunerals.com/. Internment will be in the Springville Evergreen Cemetery.
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