Donald E. Burdine

Donald Edward Burdine

Born June 2nd, 1952 in Seattle, WA to Martha Coranna Burnett and Drexel Earl Burdine. Died September 6th, 2011 at the Evergreen Hospice Center in Kirkland, WA.

Don grew up in the Seattle and Des Moines area. He attended the University of Washington and Washington State University with a major in Romance Languages and spoke fluent Spanish.

He began a career in computer programming and was largely instrumental in implementing and maintaining early mainframe systems for hospitals and hotels including the Sea Tac Red Lion. During the 1980’s, he worked for St. Johns Hospital in Los Angeles, CA before moving back to the Seattle area where he became the Information Systems Manager for Seattle Children’s Home, a local children’s mental health agency. Don was dedicated to his work and the mission of Seattle Children’s Home. During his 21 years there, he became Director of Administration, at times taking the helm when the agency was temporarily without a CEO. Don continued to work as much as possible from home even when illness prevented his physical presence at his desk.

Don is survived by his partner of 20 years, Richard Corey, his parents of Bothell, WA, his sister Marjorie M. Burdine-Jackson of Vancouver B.C. and his brother Raymond E. Burdine of Desert Air, WA along with a niece and several nephews.

9 Responses to “Donald E. Burdine”

  • Paula says:

    Rick & The Burdine Family,

    I feel so blessed to have known Don for 11+ years. He was my mentor at work and a source of humor away. I will cherish the many wonderful memories of his smile, laughter and love.

    Thank you for sharing Don with us.

    The Backrow Gang may have one less seat to buy but at least we have an angel to watch over us.

  • Carma McKay says:

    Dear Rick and Family,

    Don touched the lives of many people, including mine. I will always cherish the conversations we had, the support he provided and his friendship. He was one of a kind. He was taken far too soon. Fly with the angels Don!

    Much love, Carma McKay

  • Sharon Remaize says:

    Rick and Family,
    Don was such a wonderful friend and colleague. He would always stop what he was doing and make time to listen and lend support, not only for work things but for personal things as well. I feel so fortunate to have known him and spent time with him. I will never forget him – he was definitely one of those people who made me (many of us) better for having known him.
    Sharon Remaize

  • Vickie McCulloch says:

    To Rick and family, my most sincere condolences.

    Don was a pleasure to work with these past eight years. I feel very fortunate to have had him in my life. I will miss the subtle looks that said so much, and his wonderful dry sense of humor. When the waters got a bit tumultuous, he was always even-keeled. It’s hard to believe our captain has moved on.

    “Farewell, for now, Gentle Soul. You will be missed and thought of often.”

  • Kevin & Tori Hillstrom says:

    To Rick and Don’s family,

    We were so sad to hear of Don’s passing, we will always cherish the fun times we spent together outside of work at outings, especially the theatre. Don will forever be my SCH Gemini twin, we went through a lot together in my short 4 year SCH tenure. Don held on for the kids and mission at SCH when the rest of us moved to safer waters and the home is so much better for it. He leaves a strong and important imprint at SCH.

    May you find the peace that passes all understanding.

    With much love, Tori & Kevin Hillstrom

  • Dan McDougall-Treacy says:

    To Rick, and to Don’s family.
    My heartfelt sympathies go to you and to Don’s many friends. I will hold dear the years I worked with Don at SCH. His contributions to Seattle Children’s Home and friendship as a colleague are a legacy that I hold highly.
    Keep watch over us, Don.

    Dan McDougall-Treacy

  • Scott Burdine says:

    My Uncle Don always had words of encouragement when going through hard times.When celebrating holidays and anniversaries I have childhood memories of riding in his Volkswagen Beetle being scared because it had no engine in the front.

  • James says:

    Don was a good man. I cherish his friendship. The world is a little less bright without him in it.

    James Bederaux-Cayne

  • KC Corcoran says:

    To Rick, and Don’s family and many friends,
    Thinking of you all, wishing you hope in the midst of sorrow, comfort in the midst of pain.

    KC Corcoran

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