Spencer Joe Burke,70, of Meridian Idaho, born on October 14, 1950, peacefully passed away at his home on Friday, January 15, 2021. He was surrounded by family and friends.
Spencer was born in Idaho Falls, as the 5th of 8 children to Gordon and Lila Burke. He graduated from Bonneville High school in 1968, and attended Ricks College where he earned his Associates Degree.
Spencer moved to Boise in the early 70’s to begin his Radio Career. He worked at several stations, and spent most of his 20+ year career at KIZN Country Radio where he was Music Director and DJ. Spencer was a Country DJ Hall of fame Nominee. He also was a recipient of the Medium Market Country Station of the Year ACM Award in 2009.
Spencer was well loved by everyone who crossed his path. He had many friends across the country with multiple record labels, and artists themselves. Spencer never met a stranger. Country radio has lost an incredibly special person.
Survived by Laurie Burke McIntyre (Ron) Mesa, AZ; the children of Kent and Suzanne Burke; Carter Burke (Linda), West Yellowstone MT; the children of Richand and Patrese Burke; Patrese Stosich Burke, Riverton,UT; Byron Burke, Mesa, AZ; Beverly Burke Davis, Brandon, SD; Kelly Burke (Alicia), Mesa, AZ, and many nieces and nephews.
Preceded in death by parents Gordon and Lila Burke, Kent and Suzanne Burke, and Richard Burke.
A viewing will be held Friday, January 22nd from 3-6pm at Bowman’s Funeral Parlor, 10254 W. Carlton Bay Drive, Garden City, Idaho, 83714. If you attend, please wear a mask and observe covid protocols noted at the door.
Graveside service will be held Monday, January 25th at East Lawn Memorial Cemetery in Provo Utah. Please contact Byron Burke @ 480-669-7424, or Laura Williams @ 208-859-8510 for further details and timing.
In lieu of flowers or cards, please make a donation to Paws Rescue at www.pawsrescueinc.com
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Laura Williams saysJanuary 21, 2021 at 8:46 am
I’ve always got your back, babe. Rest well. You will be sorely missed.
Kathie Gates saysJanuary 21, 2021 at 3:52 pm
RIP Spencer, you will be missed by many. Thank you for your kind, gentle, caring spirit. Have a happy reunion with those who have gone before you.
Kevin & Brenda Mee saysJanuary 22, 2021 at 10:40 am
We will always remember Spencer for his true appreciation of music and his dry, quick wit! There were times when we would be having a big staff discussion at KIZN about something and Spencer would just be kicked back and kinda quiet and then he would just come up with the funniest one liner or comment that would just bust up the whole room with laughter! Spencer always had such a soft spot for cats…it will be an honor to make a donation http://www.pawsrescueinc.com his chosen charity in his memory.
We’ll see ya on the flip side Spence! ~ ❤️ ~ Kevin & Brenda
Jyni Townsend saysJanuary 22, 2021 at 3:48 pm
Spencer, I will always remember following you around to all the Radio Remotes you did for Kissin ’92 and visiting with you over the years. RIP buddy
Robert Monroe saysJanuary 23, 2021 at 2:29 pm
I remember spencer from working at different radio stations in boise area rest in peace no more pain no sick ness you will be missed
Kathy Vawter saysJanuary 25, 2021 at 1:27 pm
Spencer was one of the greatest DJ’s in Boise, especially in the country music field. I loved listening to him on KIZN. He was a great DJ with a wonderful sense of humor. RIP, Spencer, and thanks for the memories.