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John David Burke

John David Burke, 89, died Sept. 16, 2013, at his home in Aurora, unable to recuperate from a fall.

He was born June 24, 1924, in Laramie, Wyo., to Harold and Helen Burke. He served with the U.S. Navy in the Asiatic Pacific area.

In 1946, he graduated from the University of Wyoming with a degree in animal production. He returned for a teaching certificate in vocational agriculture and became an advocate for the FFA in Wyoming schools.

In 1957, he married Mary Lou Roberts.

He served as president of the Laramie County Education Association as a representative at the 1963 NEA convention in Seattle.

In 1965, he moved to the Northwest and taught vocational agriculture in Washington and Oregon.

In 1980, the Department of the Interior commended him as mayor of Hubbard for attending the Mayors of Small Towns and Cities Workshop and for his contributions to the Young Adult Conservation Corps.

Survivors include his wife; sons; Kelly, of Oregon City, and Mikel and Darren, of Salem; daughter, Erin Cooper, of Fort Collins, Colo.; and four grandchildren.

A service will be held Wednesday, Sept. 25, at 11 a.m. at Woodburn Hope Lutheran Church with the Rev. Rex Longshore officiating. Burial with military honors will be at 2:30 p.m. at Willamette National Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Parkinson’s Resources of Oregon or the North Marion High School FFA program.