Patricia Diann Burden
Patricia Diann Burden
  • March 17, 1948 - January 1, 2018
  • Waddell, Arizona

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BURDEN, Patricia Diann. Pat passed away on January 01, 2018. She was preceded in death by her parents, Johnny Summers and Thelma Louise Summers; brother, Courtney Summers; and her son, Joshua Morgan. Pat was born on March 17, 1948 in Vallejo, California. The Family moved to Avondale, Arizona in 1950. In her Pre-and-Teen-age years, Pat gained notoriety as a State Champion Roller Skate Dance competitor. Pat attended Agua Fria High School, graduating in 1966. She completed Cosmetology training and by the age of 24, operated two independently owned Beauty Salons. She changed career paths and entered the Mortgage and Real Estate Industry expanding her talents rapidly. After seasoning as a Sales Associate, she became a Branch Manager with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage and has remained in that position until her untimely passing. Holding many different board positions in the Real Estate Industry, at both the County and State level organizations, Pat influenced policy and growth throughout the State of Arizona. As a strong and independent leader, she successfully raised four sons and three surrogate foster daughters. In 2009, Pat married John Burden, and a new adventure began. Pat, in supporting John's passion for helping needy veterans, also gained a special place in her heart for this cause. She joined the Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary and quickly moved to become the Senior Vice Commander for the State of Arizona, overseeing programs for 55,000 disabled veterans and family members. Under John's tutelage, Pat supported John's other passion - pocket billiards and willingly stepped forward when they needed someone to "throw under the bus". Pat is survived by her husband John M. Burden; three sons living in the Valley of the Sun; Roger J.Nolan, Jr.(Kim), William J. Nolan (Cherie) and Justin S. Morgan (Shelliann); step-children Deana Burden, Roberta J. Fracassi (Paul) and John W. Burden (Ashley); 11 grandchildren; and 7 great-grandchildren. Memorials may be made to the Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary (DAVA) - Unit 24 - through DAV HQ, 38 W Dunlap Ave, Phoenix, Arizona 85021. A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Thursday, January 18, 2018 at 1:00 PM, at Christ's Church of the Valley (CCV), 14787 W. Cholla St., Surprise, Arizona. A Reception will follow, at Disabled American Veterans (DAV), Chapter 20, at 8447 N. 61st Ave., Glendale, Arizona. To sign the guestbook online, and send your memories, condolences and well-wishes to the family, please visit,