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Stuart D. Burt Memorial
Stuart D. Burt Memorial

Stuart D. Burt

Stuart D. Burt

Sunday, March 30th, 2014

            Stuart D. Burt, 93, of Bellingham, WA passed away Sunday, March 30, 2014.  He was born on March 5, 1921 in Victoria, BC, Canada to Muriel and Edgar Burt. His parents traveled to Canada from London, England in 1917 after his father had been severely wounded in France during World War I. The family moved to San Francisco in 1923, then to Marin County in 1936. Stu met his future wife, Jeanne Landrock, while attending Tamalpais High School where he graduated in 1939.  After graduation, Stu worked for an insurance brokerage in San Francisco until he volunteered for the army in August 1941. He spent four years of active duty in the army, two of those years in Iceland. Upon returning from Iceland, Stu married Jeanne, the love of his life, on May 4, 1944 at her parents’ home in Mill Valley. They returned to Fort Monmouth, New Jersey where Stu was stationed and continued to live there until his discharge in October 1945. When back in Marin, Stu attended College of Marin and UC Berkeley, graduating in 1949. After graduation, Stu joined the Air Force Reserve as an officer and served over 20 years in the reserves retiring with the rank of major. Stu began his insurance career as an independent broker. He opened his own insurance agencies in Mill Valley, Tiburon and Corte Madera. Later, he merged into and helped form Redwood Empire Insurance Agency in San Rafael. Stu was an insurance broker in Marin County for over 40 years. During his career, Stu was affiliated with the Tiburon Chamber of Commerce, Marin Independent Insurance Agency, Rotary Clubs of Mill Valley and San Rafael as well as Sirs Branch 47.  He was a sixty-year member of the Marin Lutheran Church.

            As a teenager living in Belvedere, Stu developed a passion for sailing. He loved crewing on sailboats year round. Later, he enjoyed outings with his family on their Sunfish and sailing adventures with friends. As an avid golfer, Stu looked forward to his weekly “Dawn Patrol Foursome” at Marin Country Club where he was a member for over 30 years. A highlight of Stu’s golfing career was playing a round of golf at St. Andrew’s. Traveling and cruising with Jeanne to numerous countries around the world was a special joy. Stu was a great friend to many. He was a very likable and social person who enjoyed meeting people from all walks of life. He had a wonderful sense of humor and always enjoyed the opportunity to tell a good joke or story. Stu also had a special affinity with children. Not only did he love his own grandchildren dearly, he loved all children. For several years he volunteered at Loma Verde School reading with children and offering assistance in the classroom. Stu was devoted to his wife and family. Jeanne and Stu would have been married 70 years this May. In April 2013, Stu and Jeanne moved to Bellingham, WA to be closer to their children and grandchildren.          

            Stu is survived by his wife, Jeanne; daughter, Denise Fiddick (Rod), grandchildren Kyla and Greg Fiddick, all of Victoria, BC; son, Stuart V. Burt of Tacoma, WA; brother, Victor Burt of Connecticut; sister-in-law, Barbara Landrock of Sedro-Woolley, WA; four nephews and one niece. A service with Military Honors was held for Stu on April 12, at Union Cemetery in Sedro-Woolley, WA.

            If you desire, you may send a donation in Stu’s memory to any Hospice or charity of your choice


  • Michael F. Mitsch, Sr.

    Dear Jeanne and family,

    My sister (Bonnie), brother (Paul) and I were all saddened to hear of Stu’s passing. My Dad, Paul Mitsch, Jr. and my Mom, Beverly Mitsch, brought up both Stu, Jeanne and your family constantly as we were growing up, always with the utmost respect and always with smiles over the memories they had shared. It taught all of us that true friends are forever and made us all happy to hear all the stories. After my Dad passed away in 1989 the friendship continued and my Mom always took comfort from the happiness shared in the past.

    In reading the obituary above I was truly impressed by what a great life Stu lived and can only believe that he’s up there in heaven using all his great love for his friends, kids and others to make it a better place. Hopefully he’s having a few laughs with my Mom & Dad up there too! 🙂

    I am so sorry it has taken me this long to hear of this and get to you. Should you need anything at all let me know. And, naturally, I will pray for all of you.


  • Betty Jane Krogh (Gettemy)

    My mom Betty Jane Krogh (Gettemy) asked me to pass along her sympathy regarding Stu’s passing. She has fond memories of their younger years in San Rafael. Her sister Louise also remembers Stu with great fondness.

  • Rebecca Landrock

    Dear Auntie Jeanne, Denise & Stuart,
    Uncle Stu will be so missed. I remember going to the office at Redwood Empire Insurance Agency with him and had so much fun.
    What a wonderful life he had.

    Love Becky

  • Kay Johnson

    Dear Jeanne and family – I saw the article in the IJ about Stu’s passing and was so very sad to hear. I have so many wonderful memories having you two as neighbors and coming for cocktails and seeing you at MCC. Also coming to the last place you lived and going to dinner with you. I miss you and think of you so often….I loved Stu. He was such a kind, gentle man and always had a smile or wave for me coming down or up my hill. Please know that I send my love and prayers to you and your family and I will make a donation at a later time in Stu’s name. With my love, Kay

  • Donna Keyes

    Dear Jeanne, Denise & Stuart,

    Thank you for forwarding Stu’s obituary to Christine, who forwarded to me. What a wonderful man was Stu! There is no time in my memory that I don’t remember being with your family and loving every minute. Oh, except when Stuart lit the matches in the bathroom in Sacramento 🙂 You are as much a part of our family as our blood relatives.

    I loved Stu because he always had time for me – it didn’t matter my age, a child, teen or adult! He made me feel like I mattered. The last time I saw him was the wonderful 90th birthday party we celebrated at the golf club. Oh, the stories were great, the food delicious and the company wonderful. Stu will be missed but never forgotten.

    Love to all of you and may the peace of Jesus Christ comfort you!