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Remembering Bob Burgin, longtime educator, pastor and Mission Arlington volunteer

Remembering Bob Burgin, longtime educator, pastor and Mission Arlington volunteer

Bob Burgin

Robert “Bob” Burgin, longtime Arlington educator, pastor, U.S. Army veteran and Mission Arlington volunteer, died Aug. 19, 2022. He was 87.

Mr. Burgin, husband of Tillie Burgin, has served as pastor of Mission Arlington since the Burgin family established the nonprofit in 1986. He most recently served as pastor of Parkview Fellowship Church.

The community also remembers him as a respected educator. Mr. Burgin, who shares Burgin Elementary School’s namesake with his wife of 65 years, has held many positions from math teacher to principal during his long career at Arlington ISD. After retiring from the school district, Mr. Burgin served as a professor at Dallas Baptist University for 20 years.

Mr. Burgin was born to Joseph and Beulah Mae Burgin on March 3, 1935, in Jewett, Texas. After graduating from Jewett High School, Mr. Burgin continued his education at Sam Houston State Teachers College and Arlington State College. He also earned a master’s degree from North Texas State University and later an honorary doctorate from Dallas Baptist University.

Mr. Burgin was drafted into the US Army (1958-1962), including a 13-month posting to South Korea. It was during this time that family members say he and his wife fell in love with the Korean people and their country. The couple answered the call of missions in Seoul, Korea, from 1966 to 1971 and from 1976 to 1979.

After his time in the military, Mr. Burgin and his wife returned to Arlington where he took his first teaching job at Carter Junior High School. He would later go on to teach at Arlington High School and Shackelford Junior High School, Vice Principal of Hutcheson and Gunn Junior High Schools, Vice Principal and Principal of Nichols Junior High and ending his long career for AISD as Principal of the Arlington High School. Click here to read Arlington ISD’s tribute.

He is survived by his wife, two sons, five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He is also survived by two of his siblings.

Visitation is scheduled for 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, August 24 at the Wade Family Funeral Home, 4140 W. Pioneer Parkway in Arlington. The funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, August 25 at Parkview Fellowship Church, 820 N. Fielder Road in Arlington, followed by interment at Moore Memorial Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Mission Arlington.

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