Lee Roy Burton Obituary
- Written by staff
Lee Roy Burton was born on June 14, 1912 in Nevada, Texas. Lee was the son of Reverend and Mrs. Henry Haile Burton. He graduated from Oklahoma Baptist University with a business administration degree in 1935 and spent most of his life in Oklahoma. During WWII he served 44 months as a Lt. Commander in the U.S. Navy and in 1944 married Gayle Cook. After WWII Lee worked for Steffans Ice Cream Company as a district manager in Norman, Stillwater, Muskogee, and Tulsa, Oklahoma. In 1961 he became City Manager of Guthrie, Oklahoma. While there Lee was President of Rotary International, served on the Board of Trustees for the First Methodist Church, was a Mason and a member of the American Legion. In 1963 he was elected President of the Oklahoma City Manager's Association. That same year Oklahoma Governor Henry Bellmon presented Lee with the coveted Civic Improvement Award for his leadership in restoring downtown Guthrie, Oklahoma's first capital city. In 1964 he became City Manager of Chickasha, Oklahoma. In 1968 he started working as a consultant and specialist in Community Development Training with Oklahoma State University Department of Vocational and Technical Education in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Lee, upon retirement in 1974, became an avid traveler. During his lifetime he visited over 44 countries and 47 states in the United States. He was employed as Golf Marshall at Kingwood and Deerwood Country Clubs where he continued to improve his golf game. Among his many golfing achievements he made four hole-in-ones. At the age of 79 he won a Gold Medal in golf at the Houston Senior Olympics. Lee lived his long life with a positive and grateful attitude. He was well known among family and friends for his "notable quote-ables". Among his favorites were: "Do what you like and like what you do", "Learn all you can, but do your own thinking" and "You gotta live it up". Which is exactly what Lee did! Lee was a wonderful husband, father, and grandfather as well as an exemplary role model for his family. Lee took joy in all that life had to give him, regardless of how large or small. Lee always said "I've had a wonderful life". Lee's family considers him their "Hero" and a National Treasure.