Douglas Eric Burch

19690601 –


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Douglas Eric Burch was born June 1, 1969 in Denton, Texas. He passed from this life into God’s heavenly Kingdom on July 17, 2018, in Lubbock, Texas. 

Eric graduated from Aubry High School, attended Sterling College in Kansas, joined in Marine Corps, and was forever a Marine Corps, and was forever a Marine. He is a veteran of Desert Storm and Shield. Following his action in the Middle East, he was stationed at Kaneohe Bay on Oahu.

Eric lived his life to the fullest. Eric personally helped many people. His greatest desire was to help anyone who was genuinely in need, and he did it with unfailing confidence and a no-nonsense manner of “rules”. He’d say, “This is the way it’s going to be.” That statement, if followed by an agreement on the part of the other person, would lead to months and sometimes years of diligent work until they agreed the job had been accomplished. Eric’s heart was larger than life and he will be greatly missed by everyone who has known him.

He is survived by his wife, Wendy Burch of Lubbock, TX; three daughters, Kaitlin, Kamron, Kedan Burch; brother, Edward Burch and wife, Kelly; father, Charles Edward Burch; mother, Loreta Jean Burch; sister, Elisa Haulk and husband, Ty; maternal grandmother, Oleta Hodges; in-laws, Ronnie and Truby Stamps; maternal grandmother in-law, Betty O’Keefe; sister-n-law, Sonnie Morris and husband, Andy; sister-in-law, Sandy Cox and husband, Kyle; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Eric’s brother-in-law Ty Haulk describes Eric as “the most God-centered, stubborn, self-sufficient man he’s ever known. He had an unbreakable faith. Whatever he did was done with passion and sometimes people got their feelings hurt, but he always did things in good faith. If you were his friend, you were his friends for life.”

Eric loved Wendy and his girls BIG as well as his friends.


82 thoughts on “Douglas Eric Burch”

  1. Missy. McManus Pratt

    Prayers for The family . Many memories shared that I will hold dear forever ! What a good man !

  2. Paul and Renee Doherty

    Paul and I are very sorry for your loss. You will all be in our prayers. Eric was truly a good man and a good friend. He will greatly be missed.

  3. Renae Starr Corple

    My heart breaks for all of Eric’s family, and I’m praying for each and everyone of you!

  4. I am so sorry for your loss, Eric and I have been friends for years. I will miss his humor and his Witt. He always had a smile on his face. I will be praying for the family.

  5. Love and prayers to you Wendy. My heart breaks for you. He sure loved you so big! That was so evident. Love you friend.

  6. Pamela McGuffey

    My sympathies to all of his family and to all the lives that this sweet man touched. He is gone way to soon and will be missed by many.

  7. Mike and Debbie Weiss, Liz and Jay

    Dear Burch Family, We are so extremely saddened by this news of Eric’s passing and count ourselves blessed to be a part of your extended family. We pray for your family’s comfort and peace in the coming days and weeks. We all grieve, but not without hope. We love you all.

  8. He was one of the best person I have ever met. My dad, my friend, my hero. I will always love you and will take care of the girls.

  9. Wendy, I’m so sorry. There are just no words that seem right in this moment. Know that I’m praying for you and your girls.

  10. Sammie Gonzales

    Our thoughts and prayers are with Wendy and the girls. Eric was such a kind, caring person. We are so very sorry for your loss.

    Sean & Sam Gonzales

  11. From my family to yours we send our love and condolences. May Eric R.I.P. always and may you and yours recover quickly from your loss.

    Sincerely with love,
    Boulanger Family!

  12. Sammy and Denise Stephenson

    We’re so sorry for your family’s loss. May God give all of you the strength to get through this very hard time in your lives.

  13. Jennifer Walters

    Prayers for all of you in this difficult time. May The peace of God that passes all understanding be with you❤️

  14. My prayers and condolences are with Wendy and the kids. Eric was a great man with a single driving force, FAMILY. He will be missed.

  15. Laurie Redfearn Roberts

    Eric was truly one of a kind and will be missed by so many. The empty spot left in his family will never be filled but the knowledge of knowing he spends eternity with our Lord at least gives some comfort to those that love him. Many prayers and much sympathy to the entire Birch family.

  16. Eric Criscillis

    My thoughts and prayers are with the Burch family. Eric rest in peace my brother. Semper Fi

  17. We are so very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with the whole family.

  18. He was such a special man. Lots of great memories with him and Kristina! He loved Kaitlin more than life. Look forward to seeing them both again some day. Lots of prayers for his wonderful family he leaves behind ?

  19. So many great memories. Your quick Witt and love of everyone will never be forgotten. Your family is in my prayer s. RIP my friend

  20. Wendy, I’m so glad I got to meet you & spend at least some time with Eric, even if it was only for dinner. I am so deeply sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to you & your family. Eric will be dearly missed.

  21. Steve & Adena Tulloh

    I’ll miss you my friend. Prayers for your family in their time of grief.

  22. Richard Lavallee

    in shock…what a son of s gun and straight shooter. So sorry for your and those who never got to meet him loss.

  23. Chuck, Jeannie, Wendy and Family…so sorry to hear of your loss. Prayers for guidance and strength from above as you go through these trying days. As you weep, so does your extended family…as you ask “Why”, so does your extended family. As you pray for Eric, so does your extended family.

    Peace, Love and Prayers,

  24. Jeanne & Chuck , I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. I have no words other than you raised a good man. Eric was a solid guy with a big heart ready to help anyone .

    Wendy & Kaitlyn & girls we lost him way too soon . I’m very sorry that We won’t have him around to laugh & joke with . I’ll miss him.

  25. Redina Franklin

    Many prayers for comfort and peace during this time of physical loss. We cling to true hope in the promise of our mighty heavenly father. Eric will be missed here on Earth, but we celebrate his new life.
    My sincere condolences,
    Redina Franklin

  26. Peggy amd Jrry Wetle

    Our sincere condolences for Kaitlyn, Wendy and family. such a difficult time for all. May God give you all comfort and comfort.

  27. Thoughts, prayers, and condolences to entire Burch family.
    Eric, the world has gotten a bit darker with your passing, but heaven has gotten substantially brighter! Rest easy my brother until we meet again, Semper Fi…

  28. Chuck, Jeannie, Memom, Ed, Kelly, Elisa, Wendy, Kaitlin, Karmen, Kedan – and all of your families and so many friends – my heartfelt prayers continue to go out for you all.
    He left us with a legacy of life and infectious joy that will continue to shine through eternity for so many! He will always be that some kind of Certain special that only He can be!
    You – His Family- Were his Life- He Loves you with ALL of his being!
    I’m so thankful that our Faith gives you and so many of us, the reassurance and comfort of knowing where he is, and that we will see him again someday.
    Love, Hugs & Prayers

  29. Christine Battaglia

    I am so sorry to hear of Eric’s passing! He was great friends with my husband, John, since the 5th grade. He was a real friend and loved deeply! My thoughts are with his whole family during this difficult time.

  30. I’m so sorry for your loss. Eric was a good man. He was loved by so many of us. Class of ‘87 will defiantly not be the same without Eric. His kind and sweet laughs will missed and will be always be remembered and in our thoughts.. Our prayers go out to the family and friends. Heaven gained one special angel who will be missed dearly.

  31. Sending our Prayers to the Burch family during this difficult time. May God continue to give you the peace you need. Be blessed. The Ortega family in El Paso Tx. (Paula Burch is very dear to us).

  32. Gary Clevenger

    He will be missed! Semper Fi Marine. from a fellow Devildog. Eric was a very dear friend, he was alway a blast to be around. we never had a dull moment when he was in the room. He is in the glory of our Lord Jesus.

  33. Melissa Albus Garcia

    I am so sorry for your loss. He was a wonderful guy and will be missed. Prayers for you all. God bless you and keep your head up. We love you all.

  34. Jackie McBroom

    I was Eric’s line coach for the mighty Aubrey Chaparrals, and he was so much fun to coach. Always tried his hardest and always had a smile. That’s what I will remember most – his smile. I was not surprised at all when I’d heard he was a Marine. My heartfelt condolences to his wife and girls. I know how much he loved you all. I’m so sorry.

  35. The world has lost one of the great ones. Eric has been my buddy for as long as I can remember. Always had a way of lifting you up when you were feeling down and reminding you of how grateful you should be for what you have. He never backed down from a challenge and was an admirable “Wheeler Dealer”. If he didn’t have something you wanted or needed, he “knew a guy”. This news is a complete shock for me. My heart breaks for his family. Wendy and the girls were his driving force. My prayers for you all. RIP Eric. We shall meet again my friend. Love you brother and will miss you.

  36. Michael Daniel

    I was heart broken to learn of Eric’s passing. He was a great man and his joy was contagious. I can’t say this of everyone, but I remember the day I met him. And that was well over 20 years ago. My prayers continue for his family and all who knew and loved him.

  37. I am so sorry to hear this sad news, we will be praying for you and your family.
    -Charles “Tommy” Miller Family

  38. Perry and Lynn Mason

    We were shocked and dismayed by Eric’s passing. We always enjoyed working with Eric and Wendy at marriage retreats. Our sincerest condolences.

  39. My heart goes goes to this precious family. I am so sorry for the loss of Eric. I knew him as a young man and was always impressed with him.

  40. Lynda and Charlie Walker

    Chuck and Jeannie, I am so so sorry to hear of the passing of Eric. There are no words of comfort that I can come up with for you. My heart bleeds for you. Only God can give you the comfort you need at this time. May he hold you in his hand, as he is holding Eric at this moment. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

  41. Kristi Lounsbury Lombard

    May God surround all of you during this time. I pray for peace and comfort as you know he was a man of faith and has found his final resting place with God. Much love.

  42. Lynne Williams

    Our heartfelt condolences and prayers to all of your family. We are so sorry for your loss.

  43. I am so sorry for your loss. My son Kip Harmon was in Webelo’s with Eric and my husband Frank was a co leader of the group with Chuck. I was also a Den Mother and member of the Pack Committee. Frank passed on February 14 of this year. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

  44. Kathy McIntire

    My heart is hurting for Eric’s wonderful family. Prayers for all during this difficult time.

  45. I am so sorry for your loss and all of you are in my prayers. Eric was an awesome person and a great friend and will be sorely missed!!

  46. Wendy, my heart is so heavy and sad about Eric’s passing. I know he will be going to a good place, far better than this world. I send you prayers and blessings for you and your family.

  47. Eric, we will all miss that big smile and I will never forget your dance moves at the E-Club. As I remember we were the only ones that showed everyone how to do it! Semper Fi hard charger! You are the man!

  48. My heart and love are with you all. Eric was an amazing brother, father, husband, son, uncle, friend and servant of God and Country.

  49. Kari Shriver Coursey

    Eric aka “Boss” was a great mentor to me and my son. We will be forever grateful and thankful just to have known him.

  50. Merleen Battaglia

    Eric was overflowing with the character and love of Jesus Christ. He was a faithful friend for many years and I will miss him. Prayers for peace and comfort to his much loved family.
    Merleen Battaglia

  51. Vernon Clauschee

    My thoughts, prayers go out to the Burch Family on their sudden loss. Eric was a wonderful man. Full of happiness and life. He will be truly missed by all that knew him.
    I know that I will truly miss him. Your friend and brother “Chief” Semper fi…

  52. Carla Jean Berry

    You and the girls are in my prayers. I’m sorry y’all must endure this heartache. Our God has a plan and I pray you will find comfort in it. I love you.
    Carla Jean

  53. I knew Eric back in 91′ in Hawaii and we hadn’t talked in many, many years. I’m sad to hear he passed away and yet encouraged to read about the loving and generous life he lived. My deepest condolences to his wife and his girls as well as all those who will miss him dearly.

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