May 23, 1932 - February 14, 2021
Jack Harrison Burgess, 88, went to his heavenly home on February 14, 2021. He was born in Indianola, Iowa, on May 23, 1932, the only child of John Heiman and Iola Harrison Burgess. He attended school in 12 different cities, graduating from Jackson High, Jackson, MS in 1949. Jack earned a B.S.M.E. from Mississippi State in 1953 and was commissioned during the Korean war as 1st Lieutenant in US Army Artillery at Fort Monroe, VA, serving until discharged in 1956. A Registered Professional Engineer, and VP of Design and Negotiations and a Director of Sam P. Wallace Co, he led the firm in the innovative concept of negotiated contracting in commercial construction. As a mechanical subcontractor, he worked with leading developers, architects, and consulting engineers, whose projects included high-rise buildings, hospitals, hotels, airports, and other construction in the U.S. and overseas. He continued his career as Chr. of the Board of Continental Mechanical, and then opened his own firm, Magnum Mechanical, contracting with Southwestern Bell for their Dallas headquarters. He loved and appreciated life and family, enjoyed flying his Cherokee 6, gourmet cooking for friends and family, and the lake house at Cedar Creek Lake. Holidays were a time of laughter and conversation and always sharing one of his delicious cheesecakes. Jack’s life changed when he surrendered his life to Christ. He looked forward to attending worship on Sundays at Prestonwood Baptist Church and then online until his death.
He was predeceased by his parents, his ex-wife Jane; his son John, and stepson Robert Moore. Jack will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 45 years, Billie. He is also survived by sons, Michael Burgess and Stephen Burgess, and daughter, Julie McGee. He was a loving stepfather to Catharine Ray and husband, Justin; Marcia Wright and husband, Larry; Leeanna Demers and husband, Henry. Jack had 14 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. His life will be celebrated in the Chapel at Prestonwood Baptist Church, Plano TX on April 26th at 10:00 A.M. with family visitation at 9:30. A private burial will be at DFW National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to Prestonwood Baptist Church/Life Recovery Ministry or to BridgeBuilders.org.
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Arrangements under the direction of:
Aria Cremation Service and Funeral Home
19310 Preston Road
Dallas, Texas 75252