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John William Burbank

03/04/1961 - 06/25/2018
Service Date: 06/30/2018
Service Time: 11:00 AM
Service Location: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - Mesa Vista Ward, 1430 North Grand Street, Mesa, Arizona 85201
Interment: City of Mesa Cemetery, 1212 North Center Street, Mesa, Arizona 85201

John William Burbank, 57, passed away on June 25, 2018. He was born on March 4, 1961 in San Diego, California. John was the epitome of service and giving. His life was spent serving his family and friends and all of those he met. Because of John’s giving and Christlike demeanor, you could not help but be a better person just because you knew him.

John was an aircraft mechanic, but more importantly he was a husband, father and friend. John married Melodie Palmer and had five beautiful children: Vanessa (Andrew), Melissa (Devin), Rusty (Sonya), Hailee (Ammon) and Amber. He now has five beautiful grandchildren, Zoe, Carly, Jake, Wyatt and Gemma. Everything John did was for his family.

John was predeceased by his parents, Judy and Larry Burbank.

There will be a viewing at Bunker’s Garden Chapel, 33 North Centennial Way, Mesa, Arizona 85201, on Friday, June 29, 2018, from 6:00 to 8:00pm. His funeral service will be held on Saturday, June 30, 2018 at 11:00am at his church building, 1430 North Grand Street, Mesa, Arizona 85201, following his interment at the City of Mesa Cemetery.


  • Penny McCollum

    I am praying for you and your family.

  • Gloria Button Drury

    My heart breaks for the loss of a wonderful husband,father,and grandpa. Our prayers are for comfort and peace. We love all of you. Gloria and family

  • Edward Lucero

    Vanessa your Dad & I enjoyed talking about his work on airplanes. I certainly miss his conversations.
    We Love all of your family.
    Ed & Sandy

  • Rose and Harley Fletcher

    May peace be with your family. John will always be an inspiration to our family. His love and kindness will be deeply missed.

  • Elaine & Duane Hensley

    Sending our love and prayers to you and your family. John was such a great man.

  • Carolyn Bloodworth

    Melodie, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your dear family.

  • I extend my love and prayers to you and your family!

  • Sherri Palmer Burt

    Dear Melodie,
    Our hearts are so sad for you and your family right now. We didn’t have the opportunity to be around John very often but we were always impressed with him. Such a sharp, kind and fun-loving guy! And one thing we knew for sure—he loved you A LOT! It was so obvious! And your kids as well. Thank goodness that we know that this life is but a small moment in eternity. We love you—Scott and Sherri Burt.

  • Marie and Richard Burt

    Melody and Family, we love you, you are in our prayers

  • So sorry to hear about John’s passing. I pray that you and your family may be comforted by the knowledge that life is eternal and that you may feel the comforting arms of the Savior’s love around you.

  • Donald Weberg

    John is going to be extremely missed at Southwest Airlines. I’ve had the pleasure of working with him over 20 years. Our work environment was always a better and happier place with him in it! Thank you for your years of service and making my life happier in knowing you. You will be missed!

  • William Wetzig-Cousin

    Melodie and children, I have so many fond memories of your Dad. I can’t believe he is gone so early in this life. Knowing Johnny he is socializing with all our departed family members. They will for sure welcome him with open arms. He was a fantastic husband and great dad. So sorry for your loss.

  • Johnny was one of my cousins and though we did not see each other much due to living in different states the times we spent together swimming at our Uncle’s Don’s house or playing at our Grandparents home were definitely memorable. My prayers go out to Johnny’s entire family. John Wetzig

  • Russell and I are very sad to hear about Brother Burbank’s passing. We have very fond memories of him and will always remember how he treated us as more than friends. He is the epitome of graciousness and selflessness, and he will be missed. Our love and prayers to Melodie and his wonderful family.

  • Valerie R. Peterson

    Melodie and children, I am so sorry to hear this, so young, and such a great example for us all. But I believe he has left all of us part of his faith and love. Through you and your family, and the rest of us to have the honor to know him and feel his spirit when we are around him. Please feel free to call me Melodie, I know how painful these unexpected, deaths are. Jim was 54 and I was 51, at the time of his death, It is so devastating, hard to understand why someone so young and a man of God, had to be taken. Jim passed with a his heart was 5 times the size it of a normal heart (I should say 5 times larger than normal) it just the heart just ruptured, and he was gone. Please call me if you think I can help, or just talk. I love you, you are a inspiration to me and many others. Sorry this is so long but I feel your pain.

  • Sweet Melodie, I remember you most fondly from another time and place. May God go with you through this new journey. I am so very sorry for your loss. Sending love, Gwen (Jones) Connors

  • Francis and Cindy Catonio

    Dear Melodie and family, Sending you love, prayer and strength for the times ahead. We were devastated to hear about John’s passing. God must have really needed another angel right away. Love and condolences from Canada.

  • Melodie and family, Please know of our love and deep admiration for both you and John. We wish you peace. We will keep you in our prayers

  • To the family of John William Burbank,
    I am sorry for your loss. May you find comfort in knowing that “Jehovah is close to the brokenhearted; He saves those who are crushed in spirit.” (Psalm 34:18) With sympathy,

  • Evelyn button Hibbert

    Melodie and family, We are so sorry to hear of John’s passing. I feel bad that we haven’t spent more time together, but I am so greatful that we are cousins and come from such a great family. Our love and prayers go out to you.

  • Gene and Llore Libbey

    Vanessa , we are so saddened at the loss of your awesome dad. Our prayers of comfort and peace are sent your way. He will always be with you💞

  • Marie (Chase) Behling

    Our heart are sadden for the loss of John and our prayers are with Melodie and family.
    We ‘ll be you.

    Marie and family

  • I’m sorry for your family’s loss. God promises to be close to the brokenhearted. PS 34;18. I hope you find comfort in God’s promise & in the many wonderful memory’s you made & shared together. You have my condolences.

  • John and I shared a lot of laughs as we worked together for several years in the stake offices. He always had time to chat and to reflect upon his love of life and family! After getting to know Vanessa, Rusty and Hailee at the YSA Ward, I can see why John was so proud! We all are going to miss his smile – he is a great man and a wonderful example to us all!

  • Ted and Sheree Cook

    What I excepted news to hear of John’s very untimely death. We mourn with the Burbank family, the ward and the community that has lost a treasure. Such an example as a husband, father, grandfather, friend and Good Samaritan. May you take comfort knowing you will be reunited again in the future. Love, Ted and Sheree

  • Nicky Jenkins

    Melodie, I’m shocked and saddened by John’s passing. He was always so wonderful and friendly to me, especially after the divorce. He always made me feel welcome. I will miss his beautiful smile and friendly hug. Blessings to you and the children,

  • Sharon Sobbe Stiglic

    I am so shocked and saddened by this news of my cousin. I haven’t talked to Johnny in years, yet still felt like he was a big brother to me. He was just a true, pure, nice soul. I’m sure Aunt Judy and Gram are estatic to have him there with them. Love you cuz!

  • Rolland Shill

    John was a truly good, good man who quietly served others. He loved serving the Young Men (which was my contact with him). I am truly sad to hear of his passing and wish I had known earlier so I could paid my respects at this service.

  • Carolyn Bloodworth

    Melodies and family. I’m so sorry to hear about John. I didn’t have a chance to really get to know him. The gospel of Jesus Christ is our anchor. The. Atonement a source of strength and comfort. Your in my prayers.

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