Anthony Carr Burdett
Anthony Carr Burdett
  • May 17, 1937 - December 3, 2015
  • Holladay, Utah

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Anthony (Tony) Carr Burdett passed away peacefully at home with his family by his side, holding his hands, on December 3, 2015, after a courageous battle with cancer, which he was convinced to the end he would win. Born in Salt Lake City on May 17, 1937 to Catherine Carr and Ernest James Burdett. He attended East High School, and graduated with a degree in Business from the University of Utah, where he was an active member of Kappa Sigma fraternity.
Tony met Susan Van Voorhis in high school when they were both 16. They formed a bond and became the love of each other's lives, which resulted in a marriage that has lasted over 57 years. They have two wonderful daughters, Susan (Ken) Dennis and Kim Burdett, and one amazing granddaughter, Hailey Dennis.
Tony developed a love of travel from a very young age, when he visited many parts of North America with his parents and grandparents. His own business as a manufacturer's representative gave him continuing opportunities to travel. Tony visited every state in the US (he was a member of the Extra Miler Club, where he "collected" counties) and many countries around the world.
His love for travel shaped a second career as a travel writer. He was also a tour guide in Salt Lake and surrounding areas, where he could share his knowledge and love of Utah and other places he'd visited with people from all over the world. He was a member of the Utah Tour Guide Association, and served as president for 2 years. He belonged to the Salt Lake Kiwanis Club, Cottonwood Country Club, and was a close friend of Bill W.
Tony's hobby collecting license plates began as a child. His collection eventually grew to over 44,000 plates. He was one of the original members of the American License Plate Collectors Association.
His greatest joy in life was being with his family. He was so proud of all of their accomplishments, and relished the time they spent together. His granddaughter was the light of his life, and made him smile and laugh, right up to the end.
He will be greatly missed by his family and friends, who will remember him for the incredible times they've had together.
A memorial service will be held on Thursday, December 10 at 11:30 a.m. at St. James Episcopal Church, 7486 Union Park Ave., Midvale, UT. Please wear bright colors. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Grand Teton National Park Foundation ( GTNP was one of his favorite places in the world, and Tony and his family vacationed there every year.
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