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David Burdette was born on July 5th 1935 in Battle Creek, Michigan. He was a competitive swimmer and upon completing High School he joined the United States Navy. He graduated from the Basic Underwater Demolitions School (BUDS) after being one of the few to survive Hell Week, and was part of the elite Underwater Demolitions Teams (UDT). Dave served honorably during the aftermath and cleanup following the Korean War with The Teams also know as frogmen. Burdette swam competitively representing the US Navy UDT swim team on the West Coast and throughout Asia during his service.

Following his honorable discharge from the Navy Burdette attended Hillsdale College where he swam and earned his Bachelor of Science degree. He later completed a Masters Degree from Michigan State University. He then began a career in education, first by teaching, and then moving into education administration. He worked for the River Valley School District and Lowell area schools where he retired after totaling 36 years of dedicated service to education as a Principal. He loved his work.

David Burdette died on Sunday July 3, 2011 in Greenville, Michigan due to complications from a stroke. He is survived by his wife of 22 years Laura Burdette. He leaves children David Duke, Zurich, Switzerland, Cole, Chino Hills, California, Belinda , Grand Rapids, and Kish, Lowell. He also leaves stepchildren Laurie of Westbrook, Connecticut and Trent of Chicago, Illinois. David also left 13 grandchildren and many extended family members and friends.

A gathering will be held in David Burdettes remembrance at 3pm on Friday July 8th 2011 in Lowell Michigan at the Moose Lodge Recreational building 1320 East Main St. (616)897-6792.

Burdettes remains will be returned to the Sea in a private ceremony at the United States Navy UDT/SEAL Museum in Fort Pierce, Florida.


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  1. Anonymous on July 3, 2011 at 12:00 am


    07/07/2011 –

    Jack Misner

    The Burdette Family, Dave was great to all fortunate enough to enjoy his friendship. It was a Blessing to know him.

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