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David Y. Burkett III

Obituary for David Y. Burkett III

July 7, 1934 - November 4, 2018
San Antonio, Texas | Age 84

... an inspiring and memorable professor ...


David Y. Burkett III died peacefully after a long illness on Sunday, November 4, with his beloved wife, Lynnell, at his side. David was well known to family and friends for his fine sense of humor and abilities as a teacher and motivational speaker.

He was born in Vandergrift, Pennsylvania in 1934, and, after earning bachelor's and master's degrees in Journalism from Northwestern University, came to San Antonio through the United States Air Force. He remained in the Air Force Reserve, retiring with 30 years of military service. After active duty, he had joined Trinity University, becoming a faculty member in the Journalism Department and establishing himself as an inspiring and memorable professor.

In this capacity, he had much in common with Lynnell, who also taught journalism in her early career, and together they enjoyed the many students who became friends and stayed in contact for years after graduation. Toward the end of his career, it was a natural for him, with his "radio" voice and quick wit, to become an equally inspiring public speaker, and he traveled across the country as a sought-after motivational trainer.

He and Lynnell, who had married in 1979, were lovers of all four-footed creatures, and Beagles in particular, and lived happily in their adopted city of San Antonio. They also traveled widely, and particularly to Vermont and Hawaii, where over the years, they established many long-term friendships.

David was preceded in death by his brother, Lynn. In addition to his wife, he is also survived by his sister-in-law, Martha Burkett, as well as his niece, Susan Burkett Proctor and husband Dave, and by his nephew, John David Burkett, his wife Vicki and their children, Ashley and Ryan.

A memorial service to celebrate his life will take place at Christ Lutheran Church, 6720 Broadway, on Monday, November 12 at 3 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, contributions are welcome to the San Antonio Humane Society or a favorite charity.

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San Antonio, TX 78212
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