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Family and friends remember Utah missionary

 |  Posted Jan 31st, 2010 @ 9:37pm

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Statement from the Burrows family

Our beloved son and brother, McKay Choy Burrows, passed away Jan. 30, 2010, while faithfully serving a full-time mission for the Lord in the Romania Bucharest Mission. The cause of his death was a tragic accident, in which a natural gas leak in their apartment overcame McKay and his companion, who also died.

McKay passed from this life while fulfilling his life-long desire and commitment to serve a mission. He served in an exemplary manner, touching many lives for the better, including the people he taught, the members of the church in Romania, his companions, and his family and friends at home. He will return home with honor.

Although McKay was only 20 years old when he left us, he accomplished so much good during his life. He was an exceptional student, graduating with honors from Lone Peak High School. He attended BYU on a scholarship. He was a highly accomplished musician, and mastered the piano with a concert pianist's skill to the delight, admiration and appreciation of all who had the good fortune to listen to him play. He freely shared his talents with others and gave of himself for the benefit of those around him. He enjoyed and was grateful for his abilities in a wide variety of other activities, including football, basketball, soccer, volleyball, singing, guitar, writing, drawing and close relationships with many friends.

McKay is an important and loved member of a strong family, and a dear friend to many. We will miss -- but forever remember -- his bright mind, quick wit, empathetic approach, enthusiasm for life, and happy, engaging smile. We will remember McKay's faith, sincerity, obedience and dedication as a missionary, and we will rely on those same attributes in the coming weeks, months and years to sustain us as we dearly miss him.

We appreciate the many expressions of kindness and sympathy from family, friends and loved ones. We feel your love and support, and we thank you for them at this difficult time.

Funeral services have not been scheduled.

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