ALASKA BRASS – High school brass musicians from around the state enrolled in the Sitka Fine Arts Camp's Alaska Brass Workshop play at Odess Theater this afternoon during a free concert that also featured students in the camp's new String Chamber Music Intensive. Pictured are, from left, Tava Guillory, Sitka;Mark Davis, Haines; Hudson Adams, Sitka; Jacob Batchelder, Fairbanks; and Hanna Morrow, Kenai. The musicians will perform another free concert at Odess Theater Friday at 3 p.m. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

Don Burnett, Former Resident, Dies at 87

Don Burnett

    Donald L. Burnett, 87, a former Sitka resident, died unexpectedly Oct. 22, 2018, in Longview, Washington.
    He was born May 12, 1931, to Worley and Imogene Burnett, in Porterville, California. He was raised in Peshastin, Washington.
    In February 1951, Don enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, and served in both Japan and Korea on a secret mission.
    He married Donna L. Pendleton of Leavenworth, Washington, in June 1951, eloping to East Wenatchee. They had 67 years together.
    Don was a mechanic and body shop person until he retired, in 1995.
    After leaving the Air Force, he lived in Renton, Washington, and Sunnyvale and Santa Clara, California, before coming to Sitka in 1968. He was a paid firefighter here for seven years, then owned Don’s Body Shop.
    He left Sitka in May 1980, returning in 1982 to run Baranof Body Shop until the Alaska Pulp Corp. mill shut down, which caused the body shop to close.
    They left Sitka for the last time in 1988, and he worked in Seattle for a few years before retirement. After that he lived in Chewelah, Rochester and Longview, Washington.
    Don is survived by his wife, Donna, of Longview; daughters Shannon (Darby) Reid and Colleen Lawyer of Belfair, Washington; grandsons Rick Burnett and his wife Tyree of Kelso, Washington, Rob Burnett of Vancouver, Washington, and Jobe Lawyer of Standwood, Washington; and granddaughters Marcia Wilcox of Tacoma, Washington, and Kayla Reid of Belfair, Washington.
    Six great-grandchildren also survive.
    Don was preceded in death by his parents, Imogene and Worley Burnett, sons Nick Burnett and Patrick Burnett, and grandson Kirby Reid.
    Don’s ashes will be spread along the Columbia River at Longview, where he loved to fish.

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