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JEFFREY DEAN BURDG
January 1, 1957 ~ July 5, 2014
Jeffrey Dean Burdg, 57, died July 5, 2014, in Vancouver, WA. He was born in Portland, OR on Jan. 1, 1957, the son of Don and Margaret Burdg.
Early in life, Jeffrey Dean became interested in flying. His father had served as an airplane pilot in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. After active duty, his father continued serving as a reserve officer, doing active duty at Navy bases during the summers of the '50s, '60s and '70s. A couple of times, Don financed family trips coordinated with his Navy duty. On one of these occasions, the Burdg family visited a Navy aircraft carrier.
Knowing his father was a pilot and seeing the planes he flew, piqued Jeffrey's interest in becoming a pilot himself. After attending Marshfield High School, he was able to begin pilot training at Coos Aviation and earned single engine, multi-engine, instrumental flying and flight instructor's licenses there. He really enjoyed teaching people of all ages to fly. He also broadened his career by working at Bay Cities Ambulance, first as a paramedic and then as a paramedic ambulance pilot for Bay Cities' air ambulance. Although he enjoyed working for these companies, Jeffrey Dean's long-term career goal was to became an airline pilot for Horizon Air, but first he needed a Bachelor's degree. While still working at Coos Aviation and Bay Cities Ambulance, he first earned an Associate of Arts at Southwestern Oregon Community College in 1989 and then a Bachelor of Arts at Linfield College in 1993.
In May 1994, Horizon Air hired Jeffrey as an airline pilot and thus he began an 18-year Horizon Air career. First he became a co-pilot first officer and then earned the four gold stripes of a pilot captain. Based at Portland International Airport, he flew the full scope of Horizon's regional destinations. During his career at Horizon, Jeffrey Dean received many positive written comments from exceptional passenger services, such as pointing out interesting scenery visible during flights. He also was praised for reasonably explaining flight delays. Several times, Jeffrey's superiors excerpted and posted for all employees to see many of these passenger kudos, along with management letters of praise for his outstanding service.
Jeffrey Dean is survived by his parents, Don and Margaret Burdg of Coos Bay, OR; sister, Carol (Richard) Marshall of Aurora, CO; and six nieces and nephews, John, Brandon, Christine, Kathleen, Courtney and Alyssa Marshall.
A memorial service celebrating his life will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sat., Sept. 6, at Coos Bay Chapel, 685 Anderson Ave., with Father Robert Wolf, of St. Monica Catholic Church, officiating. Following the service, there will be a reception in the church's Parish Hall.
Contributions in Jeffrey Dean's name may be made to
, P.O. Box 522, Hagerstown, MD 21741-9804.
Arrangements are entrusted to Coos Bay Chapel.
Please sign his guest books at:
www.coosbayareafunerals.com, www.theworldlink.com, and www.columbian.com/obits.
Coos Bay Chapel
685 Anderson Avenue Coos Bay, OR 97420
Published in The Columbian on Aug. 31, 2014