|Birth: ||Aug. 21, 1923|
|Death: ||Dec. 28, 2003|
Robert "Bobby" Burns, 80, of Amarillo died Sunday, Dec. 28, 2003.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday in Blackburn-Shaw Funeral Directors Memorial Chapel, Fifth Avenue and Pierce Street, with the Rev. Pat Carathers, pastor of Saint Hyacinth Catholic Church, officiating. Burial will be in Llano East Cemetery with military rites by D.A.V. Chapter 26.
Mr. Burns was born Aug. 21, 1923, in Arkansas City, Kan., to Ida Noble Burns and Sherman Burns. Though he spent much of his early life in Pampa, he became a professional musician at the age of 14, dropped out of school and hit the road. He sat in the trumpet section of a variety of big bands for more than 20 years, including the Bobby Sherwood, Herbie Kay and Dick Morton orchestras. He later managed the Dick Morton orchestra for many years.
In the 1950s he formed the Bobby Burns orchestra and orchestra agency for which he played or booked local and touring bands until 1998. In the 1950s, his 17-piece orchestra packed the Nat Ballroom nightly.
Mr. Burns later graduated from Amarillo High School and attended the University of Texas at Austin. He served with the Army Air Corps during World War II and played in a band that toured to raise money for the war bond drive, working with a variety of big-name performers, including Frank Sinatra.
He held memberships in the Masonic Lodge and Khiva Shrine Temple, and he played in the Khiva Shrine Band.
He married Dorothy Craig on March 14, 1974.
Survivors include his wife; a daughter, Sandy Burns of Pampa; two stepdaughters, Valerie Artho of Hereford and Pam Smith of Amarillo; and six grandchildren.
Dorothy D Wilde Burns (1930 - 2011)*
Ollie Marie Crossman Burns (1924 - 1989)*
Plot: Section GG Lot 355 Space 1
Created by: Kenneth D. Bogard
Record added: Dec 30, 2003
Find A Grave Memorial# 8220587