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Gerald Hatch Burton
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Birth: Jan. 13, 1930
West Jordan
Salt Lake County
Utah, USA
Death: Dec. 4, 1951
Salt Lake City
Salt Lake County
Utah, USA

The Salt Lake Tribune
Wednesday, December 5, 1951
page 17

ICY RAIL CROSSING COLLISION KILLS S.L. TRUCKER, 21
(Photo of Gerald)

Midvale - A young Salt Lake father was injured fatally Tuesday when the light truck he was driving was smashed by a 154-car freight train at the Union Pacific Railroad crossing west of State St. on 7200 South.
Lone occupant of the truck, Gerald Hatch Burton, 21, 509 E. 8th South, the driver, died of multiple fractures at 11 a.m. at Salt Lake County General Hospital.

Too Late to Stop
According to Sgt. O. P. Howard, Utah Highway Patrol trooper, the motorist apparently failed to see the train until it was too late to stop on the icy pavement.
Struck squarely on the door on the driver's side, the eastbound truck was hurled 174 feet along the right of way, the investigating officer said. The truck bed was fused by the impact to the diesel engine of the train, and was deposted 625 feet down the tracks, where the train finally was stopped.
Visibility was perfect, Sgt. Howard reported. The victim, he said, swerved his vehicle to the edge of the road away from the oncoming train in an effort to "swing out and beat the train."

Car Buckles
Speed of the train was about 20 miles per hour at the time of the collision, trainmen told Sgt. Howard. One of the cars of the train, southbound for Milford, Beaver County, buckled under the braking force, as trainmen sought desperately to stop.
The crewmen were Roy Sutton, engineer; C. M. Wing, conductor; Blaine Openshaw, fireman, and Ralph Riser and J. F. Berman, brakemen, all of Salt Lake City.

West Jordan Native
Gerald Hatch Burton was born in West Jordan Jan. 13, 1930, a son of Ira J. and Alice Hatch Burton. His father is a member of the West Jordan town board.
He attended Jordan High School before he was employed as a driver for an auto supply firm.
On March 2, 1949, he married Donna Nelson in Salt Lake City.
Surviving besides his parents and widow, West Jordan, are a son and a daughter, Patricia, 20 months, and Gerald Hatch Burton, Jr., one month old; a sister, Mrs. Boyd D. (Alice) Anderson, Columbia, S.C.; four brothers, Juel J. and Nolan O. Burton, West Jordan; Junius H. Burton, Midvale; Ira DeVon Burton, South Salt Lake.
Funeral services will be conducted Friday at 1 p.m. in West Jordan First Ward Chapel, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, by H. W. Jorgenson, bishop.
Friends may call at 4330 S. Redwood Road Thursday afternoon and evening, and at the residence in West Jordan Friday until time of services. Burial will be in West Jordan Cemetery. 
 
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 Parents:
  Ira Junius Burton (1897 - 1972)
  Alice Marinda Hatch Burton (1895 - 1985)
 
 Siblings:
  Junius Hatch Burton (1917 - 1987)*
  Nolan Orin Burton (1919 - 1996)*
  Ira Devon Burton (1923 - 1993)*
  Roma Burton (1924 - 1924)*
  Elden Hatch Burton (1928 - 1937)*
  Gerald Hatch Burton (1930 - 1951)
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
West Jordan City Cemetery
West Jordan
Salt Lake County
Utah, USA
Plot: O, 37, 3
 
Created by: Burt
Record added: Jun 02, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 19677752
Gerald Hatch Burton
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Gerald Hatch Burton
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