Saturday, November 27, 2021

Obituary In Memory of John Alexander Burback



A5-CBN-08-19-16-1John Alexander Burback passed away on July 28th, 2016.

John is survived by his wife Barbara, mother Marilyn, daughter Jennifer, her husband Bid and their son Lane, son Larry and his wife Debbie, and three brothers and five sisters in Minnesota.

A memorial service will be held at the Marco Lutheran Church, 525 N. Collier Blvd., Marco Island on Saturday August 27th at 1 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in John’s memory to Avow Hospice Naples ( or For The Love of Cats Animal Rescue (

In October of 1983, John Burback was hired in the Fire Prevention Division and became



Fire Marshal. His responsibilities were tremendous as the beginning of high-rise and multi-family structures were on an accelerated path. As Fire Marshal, John was responsible for ensuring that all buildings conformed to the fire codes. In addition, the division was responsible for conducing all fire investigations and coordinating education and outreach to both elementary and charter middle schools.

Because of John Burback’s leadership and in the interest of customer service, the Marco Island Fire Control District kept the right to do their own fire plan review and inspections.

As cityhood approached, Burback assumed a leadership role of the administration and was promoted to Assistant Chief. In the early stages of cityhood John continued

SubmittedFire Marshal John Burback at work.

SubmittedFire Marshal John Burback at work.

with customer service as a key priority, working with residents and business owners. In the early 2000s, after the public safety issue was resolved, Assistant Chief Burback wished to resume his duties as Fire Marshal and was made Deputy Chief/Fire Marshal. The Fire Prevention Division then had two employees, one full time inspector, Ray Munyon who is the current Fire Marshal, and Burback. Deputy Chief/Fire Marshal Burback set the standard of an excellent working relationship with builders, contractors and business owners as the city and the island went through its tremendous growth.

In 2005 Deputy Chief/Fire Marshal Burback retired. In addition to his devotion to the fire service, John was well known for his love of fishing.

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