Obituary: Michael E. Burns

January 5, 1951 - August 18, 2013

It is with heavy hearts that we report the passing of Michael Eugene Burns, “Buffy” on August 18, 2013 in Minden, NV with his wife and daughter by his side. Although his time with us was short Mike lived life to the fullest. Born January 5, 1951 in Yerington, NV to the late Frances and Jack Burns. Mike was a graduate of Yerington High School in 1969, an ATO and a graduate of the University of Nevada with a B. S. in Business /Marketing. Following in his father’s footsteps, Mike was employed in the grocery business and a long-term employee with over 25 years at Core-Mark.

Mike will be remembered for his good nature, zest for life, and his sense for adventure and the outdoors

especially the Twin Lakes cabin. Mike made it a habit to enjoy whatever he was doing and whom ever he

encountered. He never met a stranger and had a smile that would reach ear to ear. He was one of the most loyal, honest, and uplifting people to have lived. Most importantly, Mike will be remembered as a genuinely good person, a devoted husband, father, grandfather and brother, and true friend whose bonds never


Mike’s most treasured blessing was his wife of 35 years, Frances. They were married in 1978 in Elko, NV and immediately following they took a 3 month road trip around the U.S. Together they gave us their

remarkable daughter Meghan Rose, who was the light of Mike’s life and defined his being from the moment of her first breath and before. The role in life that gave Mike true joy was that of being the papa of Jacob Michael and Leah Rose. He never missed a sporting event that involved his family and would be the loudest one cheering them on.

Mike is survived by his wife Frances (Hamby) from TN, daughter Meghan, son-in-law Jason Holmes, grandchildren Jacob and Leah, hissiblings Bob (Janie), Kathy, Tom (Judy), Pat, Mary, and Joe (Mary), and countless nieces, nephews, friends and relations.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Jack and Frances and his brother John and niece Julie.

Mike’s family requests that you join them on

Saturday August the 24, 2013 at the C.V.I.C. Hall 1602 Esmeralda Ave. Minden, NV at 1:00 PM in a gathering to celebrate Mike’s life. Bring a smile and a cherished memory to share with us and always carry those

precious memories in your hearts.

Mike made a difference in each of our lives by being the true kind-hearted soul that he was and we are all better people for having known him. Also a special thank you to all of his brothers from the ATO house and friends and family for the kind letters and memories. They brightened his dark days and he looked forward to reading them during this fast devastating illness.

In lieu of flowers the family requests you make a

donation in Mike’s name to The American Cancer Society, Ronald McDonald House, or The UNR foundation Athletic Department with checks payable in the memory of Mike Burns.

Michael will be buried at a later date with his mother and father in Yerington, NV per his wishes. Final

arrangements were made at Walton’s Funeral Home and Cremations if you wish to leave a message online for Mike’s family go to


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