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David H. Burns obituary

Published on November 30, 2017 12:01AM

David Burns

David Burns


Sept. 24, 1941 — Nov. 20, 2017

David H. Burns of Terrebonne, Oregon, passed away Nov. 20, 2017 following a courageous battle against amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS. He was 76.

Born in South Bend, Washington, on Sept. 24, 1941, David moved several times as a boy, spending time in Minnesota and North Dakota, before he ended up living in Oregon logging camps as a teen. He graduated from Forest Grove High School.

David was a Navy sonar technician during the Vietnam War era. Upon his discharge, he continued his education at Portland Community College and Portland State University. He later became a correspondent for the Oregon Journal newspaper.

He and his family lived many years on the Oregon Coast in Seaside and Cannon Beach, and he and his wife, Susie, were business owners in Astoria during the early 1980s. In the 1990s, David was the co-manager of Osburn’s Grocery & Deli in Cannon Beach. He later became an award-winning real estate agent in Clatsop County. David was a published novelist as well; he spent his entire life writing, and was an avid reader.

He is survived by his loving wife and life mate of 48 years, Susie; their two daughters, Lisa Burns Palmer (Aaron) and Jami Burns Barker (Scott); two grandchildren, Sophie Elle Palmer and Henry David Palmer; a sister, Darlene Winnett (Bill) of Gilbert, Arizona; a brother, James “Bud” Burns (Donna) of Hillsboro, Oregon; as well as nieces and nephews.

David was a beloved member of his church and community, and will be deeply missed by his family and all who had the honor of knowing him.

A memorial service is scheduled for Dec. 9, 2017, at 3 p.m., at Redmond Christian Church.

A memorial website can be found at


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