John Clifford Burnside, 84, died November 15, 2018 at home in Katy, Texas. He was born on October 31,1934 in Garden City, Kansas, the son of John Ralph and Imogene (Hill) Burnside.
John spent his formative years in Garden City, spending much time working on his grandfather John Homer Burnside’s ranch. He graduated from Garden City High School in 1952. He married Barbara LaVerne Baker August 29, 1954. He received a BS degree in Petroleum Engineering at the University of Oklahoma in 1958. After graduation, John went to work for Pan American Petroleum Company, which later became Amoco Oil Company before it’s current acquisition by British Petroleum (BP). John established himself within the oil industry and he and his family spent 14 years living overseas in England, Iran and Egypt. Upon return to the United States, he lived and worked in Denver, Colorado and Houston, Texas. John retired after 35 years in 1993 as Senior Vice President of Drilling and Manager of Special Operations. He was a long-time member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, and several other domestic and international petroleum related organizations. John remained actively involved with his family even as his health declined. He thoroughly enjoyed his grandchildren.
John is survived by his wife Barbara of Katy, Texas; 3 children, John M. Burnside and wife Samantha of Vancouver, Washington, Jeffrey Burnside and wife Angelique of Houston, Texas, Julie Burnside Sullivan of Houston, Texas; sisters Judy Henderson of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Jane Alsop of Salina, Kansas; brother Joe Burnside of Garden City, Kansas; and nine grandchildren, Aundra Zimburean, John B., Alec, Blake, Alyssa, Riley and Brent Burnside, and Jack and Scott Sullivan; great-grandchildren Alexis and Jonas Zimburean. He is preceded in death by his parent and brother James H. Burnside.
Funeral service will be held at the Presbyterian Church of Garden City, Kansas on Friday, December 28, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. with Mike Collins presiding. Interment will follow at Valley View Cemetery, Garden City, Kansas. Memorials are suggested to Make A Wish Foundation of the Texas Gulf Coast & Louisiana and Dementia Society of America in care of Price and Sons Funeral Home; 620 N. Main St. Garden City, Kansas 67846.