Published by Today's News Herald on Sep. 8, 2021 -
Lake Havasu City, Arizona -
Aug. 22, 2021, at 1:47 p.m., Clifford Ivan Burtt met the Lord face to face. He was just 10 days short of his 85th birthday.
Known by all as Ivan, he chose to spend his whole life as a very dedicated husband, father, an amazing papa, and the best mechanic known! Ivan carried only one job his entire career and built a great retirement while employed by San Bernardino County. He was a mechanic of heavy equipment, became supervisor, rebuilt tractors, road graders, and spent many cold nights on his back in the snow repairing graders to move snow in the Big Bear area. At his workplace, they called him "THE SPOON" as he was always known for stirring things up around work.
Ivan's passion in life was motocross! He built dozens of fast bikes for motocross as well as for the street. He was the master at building Royal Enfield's. And when it was too hot outside, he built them in his living room.
Ivan lost his son C. Danny Burtt in 2011. Ivan & Danny Burtt were well-liked and well known in the California motocross circuits back in the 70s to early 80s. Ivan Burtt will be reunited with his parents, Clifford T. & Alyce Burtt.
He is survived by his forever wife of 63 years. Ivan fell in love with Mary Kathryn when she was 14, married her when she was 16. Mary Burtt certainly was a dedicated wife as well. Together, Mary & Ivan built a great family who have all been residents of Lake Havasu City since 1985. Ivan was super loved by his daughter Shelly Stone, granddaughter Larissa & husband Ryan Zynda, grandson Danny Stone & wife Kalee Stone, & his grandson Kyle Burtt. Ivan was blessed with great-grandchildren, Kelson and Dax Stone, and a baby girl on the way. Ivan was much-loved, an excellent provider his whole life, and his family will miss him dearly.
Graveside service for Ivan is set for Sept 11, 2021 at 10 a.m. at Havasu Memorial Gardens, at Ivan's sons graveside.
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