Augie Garrido said "life doesn't give us what we pray for. It doesn't give us what we wish for. It doesn't give us anything other than opportunity, nothing more, nothing less, and that's enough. In fact, it is a great gift." Don Burrisk understood Augie’s quote and made the most of his opportunities.
We have lost a special person this week, but I know by faith alone that Don’s spirit can now celebrate for eternity a lifetime filled with fellowship, friendships, and a loving family freed from the ravages of cancer.
Safe Haven Friends -
Don is far right
Every year Mark Halfmann invites members of the 1970 recruiting class for a week-end of fellowship at his ranch. Recently I attended one of these reunions. Don Burrisk was there. Mark Halfmann told me “Don always made a couple of his dip recipes that were eaten by the guys quickly. According to Mark, “Don won the attendance award for making Longhorn events…...” “ He was a great friend and teammate. “
For Don, Mark Halfmann’s ranch was a safe haven. A port in the storm that allowed him to enjoy the present without dwelling on the past and dealing with the future. It was a time when friendships and fellowship took precedence over his struggle to defeat cancer. Don was in his “zone” at the reunion.
Tributes will go here
From Adrian Ford - Don was always a good friend and one of the best story tellers I have ever been around.
Dan Adams agrees with Adrian and Mark Halfmann. Dan says "If there was a Longhorn event, you knew Don was going to be there. He was always a good friend to his teammates and anyone he ever met was never a stranger for very long. He was never at a loss of words and was one of the best story tellers any of us have ever known."