Salem Days Family Fireside

Salem Days Family Fireside 


Family Fireside - Sunday, August 8, 2021, 7:00 pm Salem Hills High School Auditorium

This is a non-denominational fireside for families.

2021 Speaker: Jefferson Burton

Jefferson (Jeff) Burton was born in Sana Ana, California.

He completed a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of New York in Albany, a Master of Science Degree from the United States Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, and a Master of Arts Degree from the University of Phoenix in Chandler Arizona.  He also earned a certificate in National and International Security from Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

He currently serves as an Adjunct Professor of National Security Studies at Utah Valley University and has previously served as an Assistant Professor of Military Science at Brigham Young University from 1999-2000.

He is a veteran of the United States Army, where he retired in November of 2019 at the rank of Major General.  He has served around the globe to include assignments in Europe, South East Asia, Central and South America, Africa, and the Middle East. While serving in Europe he witnessed the fall of the Soviet Union and the destruction of the Berlin Wall. He has served in combat where he commanded a Sapper Battalion during the initial invasion of Iraq with responsibility for eliminating explosive devices from roads, buildings, and tunnels. He has returned to the Middle East six times over a nine-year period. 

He has participated in dozens of humanitarian missions around the globe and served as the agency lead in partnerships with the Kingdom of Morocco, and the Republic of Nepal. These relationships include hundreds of military and civilian exchanges over a 15-year period. In his last military assignment, he served as the Commanding General for the 7,500 Soldiers and Airmen of the Utah Army and Air National Guard, supporting more than 35,000 family members.

He has served as the Chairman of the Board for a non-profit organization committed to aiding Veteran's and their families from 2007-2012 and continues to serve on multiple Boards dedicated to assisting America's finest.

He has served on the Governor's Cabinet twice from 2012-2020, first as the Commanding General of the Utah Guard, and second as the Interim Director of the Utah Department of Health during the first four months of the pandemic.  He currently serves as Senior Vice President for Community Development at Zion's Bank and is a member of the Utah State House of Representatives for District 66.

Jeff is married to the former Charlene Throckmorton of Salt Lake City.  They are the parents of three children, and grandparents of seven.


Come join us for an unforgettable evening!


Presentation of:
Community Service Award
Family of the Year
Grand Marshal