Obituary published for Utah's fallen fire Battalion Chief Matt Burchett


    Matthew David Burchett<br>

    (KUTV) — The published obituary of Matthew David Burchett was published Friday, written in the form of a letter to the Draper City fire battalion chief.

    Burchett, 42, was killed when a tree fell on him while he was fighting the Mendocino Complex Fire north of San Francisco.

    Dearest Matt, Our hearts are aching with your parting from this earth. The thought of another day without your smile, the sound of your voice, or your presence is more than we can bear.

    The obituary gives a glimpse into Burchett's younger years with stories about his mischief and his life with his siblings in Midway, Utah.

    A graduate of Judge Memorial High School, Burchett married his wife Heather in 1999 and they had a son together in 2011.

    The obituary said that he was a quiet and unassuming man.

    A fantastic life most would agree-and yet, your quiet and unassuming presence shied away from public recognition or praise. You were humble, quiet; you did things because you were called to do them and because they were right, not for attention. Matty, we love you.

    Funeral services will be Monday, Aug. 20 at 11 a.m. at the Maverick Center.

    Some of his career highlights include:

    • Member of the Logan hotshots firefighting grew from 1998 to 2000
    • Was a crew boss in recovery after Space Shuttle Columbia disaster
    • Became engine company captain in 2009
    • Trained firefighters from 2011 to 2015
    • Served as liaison between Utah and California firefighters to establish strategy
    • Started with Draper FD after 20 years with Unified Fire Authority



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