Updated: Jan 18, 2019
(an interview with Burk's father)
This is the first in a series of interviews we will post to give you insight into the reasons behind the foundation and what we plan to achieve. This first interview contains a series of questions posed to Clinton Hansen, Burk’s father and the founder of the foundation.
“It is critical for youth to learn to serve others early on with no thought of reward. This will help them better raise their families and serve in their communities as they become adults. ”
Q: We are coming up on the one-year anniversary of Burk’s passing. For those who didn’t know him, tell us a little about Burk.
Burk cared about others first and himself second. It was most important to him that others were happy and felt part of the group. He loved spending quality time with his family, It did not matter what we were doing, playing board games, shooting baskets, or watching Sports Center top 10 plays each morning; he was happiest being around his family and friends.
He spent a lot of time with his younger siblings and was often a buffer between them and us as parents when we needed a break from the “younger twins” as they are sometimes referred to in our house. He would take them outside and jump on the trampoline with them or play football on his knees in the front room. They looked up to him as a true protector and friend.
He would rather lose to you in a game if it meant you would keep playing with him. A few weeks before he passed away, he had invented a game involving a ball and invited his older sister to play with him. He was beating her and she was about to go inside, when he started to make it so she got some points. He didn’t care that he was losing…he just wanted her to keep playing.
He looked up to me as one of his heros. I don’t say this to boast, just to let you know we had a special relationship. His first year at scout camp I was not there and he had a hard time. The next year when I agreed to go, he was so excited to have that time together and he absolutely loved it! From time to time he left notes on my pillow letting me know how much I meant to him and the qualities he admired in me. Those notes are priceless treasures.
Burk loved God and tried his best to obey the commandments as he understood them. He gladly attended church and was happy to fulfill his responsibilities as the president of his Deacon’s quorum. He was a spiritual leader to them and also taught the adults working with him valuable spiritual lessons by the way he carried himself and led the group with quiet dignity.
Q: What was it that convinced you to start a nonprofit foundation in his honor?
As with any great endeavor, it started small. The idea came from a conversation I had with Jeremy Pryor; a friend who became one of the members of the original board of directors. He was one of Burk’s church leaders and k