Burnett, David Charles

October 8, 1960 - July 11, 2020

David Charles Burnett was born on October 8, 1960, to Dr. James Wirt Burnett and Frances Elizabeth Gantt Burnett in Texarkana, Arkansas, and died in Dallas, Texas, on July 11, 2020, after a short illness.

During his youth David excelled in piano competitions under his father’s proud tutelage, and the family spent many summer days at the ball park watching him pitch!  He graduated from Texas High School in Texarkana, Texas and received his B.A. from Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas.

After college, David’s most exciting job was as a floor trader at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, and his wide range of interests and friends led him to develop an incredibly intuitive understanding of people and a special ability to communicate with them.  This served him well in his sales careers–and as a sidelight, his genuine sensitivity also led to a great camaraderie with the wonderful dogs in his life!

David was a member of the First United Methodist Church Richardson.  In 1994, he married Donna Sewell Burnett, and they were blessed with the arrival of Austin and Katherine.  Throughout his life, David loved his sports:  fishing, baseball, tennis, barefoot skiing, basketball, and golf–especially when he was “in the zone”.  If he wasn’t playing, he was watching some sport—but his favorite team was the Texas Longhorns!  David’s easygoing personality and wonderful sense of humor will be greatly missed.

David is predeceased by his parents and his brother, Dr. James Robert Burnett, and is survived by his son, Austin David Burnett, his daughter, Katherine Alyssa Burnett, his nephew, Dr. James W. Burnett, III, his niece, Kelly Elizabeth Burnett, his sister, Barbara Burnett Smith, and many cousins and friends.  David will be interred at a later date at the Hillcrest Memorial Park in Texarkana, Texas.

In lieu of flowers, for those who wish, a donation may be made in David’s memory to First United Methodist Church Richardson, 503 N. Central Expressway, Richardson, Texas  75080, the SPCA, or a charity of your choice.

9 replies on “Burnett, David Charles”

Robert Perkins says:

Doc was my good friend. We had lots of good, memorable times together (with Bones usually) out at the lake or at the ballpark. He will be missed by us all.

Mark Maher says:

David was my life long friend. He was a true friend who would come to your defense or come to help you in anyway you needed. As a teammate, he never quit and never blamed others for their mistakes. We didn’t have the internet and we had real fun and adventures that kids nowadays don’t experience.

I will truly miss him and never forget him. Hopefully we’ll see each other someday.


Donna Burnett says:

Rest In Peace 🧡


Am sad to hear this. As young men, we shared many good times. Now he shares with Bob. I hope to see them both again very soon.

Robbie Works says:

David’s was a friend and classmate that I enjoyed with a lot a great memories. Card games at the Burnett’s house. His humor and smile will be missed. Prayer to the family.

Robbie Works

martha chandler says:

Junior Barrell was a wonderful person.I’m not sure why we called him junior barrell or why Robert was just barrell. Growing up with the Burnett’s was such a pleasure. Football in the front yard. Playing Pool on the sun porch, and a game of spades was always to be found. I loved hearing him play the piano. And if we played our cards right and washed the boat, Barrel would take us out for a boat ride. Truly a wonderful childhood. Donna & Barbara, I am so very sorry for your loss.

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Rick Seibold says:

David was one of those special people you rarely come across.. super talented and intelligent yet always humble. I was fortunate to be his friend. Most of my best stories always start out ” one time Doc and I…” You will be missed. Rest in peace Doc.

Sandra Hay Pilatzke says:

David had a never ending smile. I remember times at the lake water skiing, passing him in the hall several times a day during class changes (and that smile), and having fun classes with him in high school. Rest in Peace David, and thank you for making me laugh and smile in high school. Prayers to his family.

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