Jack Foster Burford


Posted: Sunday, January 06, 2008

Former Juneau resident Jack Foster Burford, of Anacortes, Wash., died Dec. 1, 2007, at Skagit Valley Hospital. He was 78.

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Born Sept. 8, 1929, in Juneau, to Jack and Betty Burford, he attended the U.S. Air Force Academy and the University of Washington, where he received a mechanical engineering degree. He then served as a captain in the Korean War. Later, he became a major.

After marrying Nancy Ellen McGraw on Sept. 13, 1958, in Seattle, Wash., he began a long and distinguished career in the cement industry with Kaiser Permanente. He went on to hold top-level executive positions in HC&D, Ameron, Pacific Concrete and Rock, Lonestar and later Hawaiian Cement, where he finished his career in 1996, after 10-plus years as president and chief executive officer.

He was a member of the Elks Lodge and the Pacific Club in Honolulu.

He is survived by his brother, Donald Burford, of Juneau; sons, Bart Burford and his wife, Grace, of Kapolei, Hawaii, and Job Burford, of San Diego; daughter, Natalie Burford, of Port Orchard, Wash.; and granddaughters, Haley and Kylee Burford, of Kapolei.

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