Kenny Carl Burt

On August 11, 2022, Kenny Carl Burt passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loving family and caring team of doctors and nurses in Denver, Colorado, at the age of 72 years young.  Kenny was the best kind of person.  He was the best kind of husband, brother, stepfather, grandfather, friend, son and teacher.  If you were to ask anyone who had the pleasure of knowing him, they would tell you that Kenny was the kind of person that one aspires to be.  

Kenny was born in 1949 in Leavenworth, KS to the late Wilford W. Burt, Sr. and Elizabeth Sarah Burt.  In 1958, Kenny moved with his family, including his 3 brothers, Will, Gordon and Lucian, to Colorado, where he met his lifelong friend Gary.  Kenny graduated from Denver North High School in 1967.  Before settling on education as his calling, he was a professional student with degrees from CU Boulder (B.A. Communications and Theater with an emphasis in theater education); Fort Lewis College (B.A. Humanities with emphasis in art history, anthropology and Spanish) and Arizona State University (M.A. Art History). He was a drummer for The English Leathermen and other rock-n-roll bands while in high school and college. Ken was an actor, appearing in plays at CU Denver and CU Boulder, Germinal Stage Denver (GSD), and appeared in the Elitch Theater’s Production of “Man of LaMancha.” He also worked in various theater positions over the years, starting as an usher at Elitch’s Summer Theater and working his way up to set builder, stage manager and business manager at GSD and the Creede Repertory Theater.

Mr. Burt, or Burt as he was fondly referred to, was a born teacher and passionate educator and mentor.  He taught English and coached the forensics team (competitive speech) at Alamosa High School from 1999 to 2013. In his early teaching career, he taught at Evergreen and Wheat Ridge High Schools and directed many plays and musicals, including “Oklahoma,” “Brigadoon” and “Guys and Dolls.”  He was also adjunct faculty at Adams State University in Alamosa and Fort Lewis College in Durango.  Mr. Burt continued to be friends with former students long after they graduated and he retired from teaching. 

In 2013, Kenny received a stem cell transplant at CBCI at Presbyterian/Saint Luke's Hospital and received excellent care and support from a dedicated team of doctors, nurses and support staff. Kenny would always dress up for appointments and treatments by wearing a suit, hat, tie and dress shoes. Kenny spent his last nine years post-transplant living life to the fullest with Sheri at his side.  During that time, they traveled to Spain, England and Scotland, welcomed their three grandchildren to the world and spent as much time as possible with family and friends.

Kenny will be deeply missed by his family: wife, Sheri; brothers and sisters-in-law, Will and Bobbi, Gordon and Karen and Lucian and Char; his best friend, Gary and Jodee; daughters and sons-in-law, Rowan and Terrence, Morgan and Abe; grandchildren, Zahra, Izrael and Liliana; nieces and nephews, Amy, Brian, Connor and Cori; and sisters and brothers-in-law, Cindy and Bill, Jennie and Matt, Tricia and father-in-law Jack and wife Daunine.  

A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, September 24 from 1:30-4:30pm at the Lone Tree Golf Club and Hotel, 9808 Sunningdale Blvd, Lone Tree, CO. A second celebration of life will be held on Saturday, November 5 from 1:30-4:30pm at the Barn at La Manzanilla, 6491 State Highway 17, Alamosa, CO. 

In lieu of flowers, it was Kenny’s wish that you consider making a donation to your favorite charity, or to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society or the ACLU, or sign up for BeTheMatch, the National Marrow Donor Program.

It was an honor to know and love Kenny and to be known and loved by him.  


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