Robert Duaine Burgin

robert burgin

March 3, 1935 ~ August 19, 2022

Born in: Jewett, TX
Resided in: Arlington, TX

Robert “Bob” Duaine Burgin, 87, walked from this life into the arms of our Savior, Friday evening, August 19, 2022.  Bob graduated from Jewett High School, later furthering his education at Sam Houston State Teachers College and Arlington State College.  He also went on to receive a master’s degree from North Texas State University. Sometime later, Dallas Baptist University presented Bob with an honorary doctorate.  Bob was drafted into the U. S. Army (1958-1962), including a 13-month assignment in South Korea.  It was during that time that he and his wife, Tillie, fell in love with the Korean people and their country.  After his time in the service, they returned to Arlington where Bob finished his student teaching then 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, assistant principal of Hutcheson and Gunn Junior High Schools, assistant principal and principal at Nichols Junior High and finishing his long career for AISD as the principal of Arlington High School.  For a time during his career as an Arlington educator, Bob and Tillie answered the call to missions in Seoul, Korea (1966-71, 1976-79). In January 1999, Bob came out of retirement and returned to the classroom as a professor at Dallas Baptist University.  He would spend the next twenty years there sharing his gifts and talents, raising up the next generation of Christian educators.

Bob was born to Joseph and Beulah Mae Burgin, on March 3, 1935, in Jewett, TX, the youngest of seven children.  He is survived by his faithful wife, Tillie, sons Jim (Debbie) and Rick (Allison), five grandchildren—Clark (Caitlin), Steven, Avigayle, Jonathan and Katen, and two great grandchildren—Madelyn and Aidan. He is also survived by two of his siblings, Imogene Freeman and Edgar Burgin. Bob has served as a pastor through Mission Arlington since it began in 1986, most recently as the pastor of Parkview Fellowship Church.

Both in his career and personal life he was described as a compassionate, kind, gentle and humble servant of the Lord, and he lived with the constant mission to see and love others as Jesus did. He loved his family fiercely, and his famous laugh will forever be etched into our hearts and minds.  Bob left you better than he found you, because he loved Jesus first.


Public Viewing: August 24, 2022 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Wade Funeral Home and Crematory
4140 West Pioneer Parkway
Arlington, Texas 76013


Funeral Service: August 25, 2022 1:00 pm

Parkview Fellowship Church
820 N. Fielder Road
Arlington, TX

Graveside Service: August 25, 2022 3:30 pm

Moore Memorial Gardens
1219 North Davis Drive
Arlington, TX 76012

(817) 275-2711

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  1. CandleImageI remember Bob as such a kind and gentle man. With deepest sympathy, love and prayers, dear Tillie and family.

  2. CandleImageSo sorry for your loss. Sending thoughts and prayers to Mrs. Tillie, the Burgin Family, and Mission Arlington Family.

    Deepest sympathy,
    Sheila Griffith

  3. Tillie and family,
    So sorry for your great loss. We’re praying for your strength, peace and comfort as you make this difficult transition without Bob at your side. We are truly comforted knowing he is with the Father and lives forever at his side.

  4. Tillie,
    I love you so much. So sorry for your loss. Sending all my thoughts and prayers to you and your family.

  5. My dear Ms. Tillie,
    I wish to extend my heartfelt condolences to you and your family on the death of your husband. Few people have achieved the position of respect and high esteem which he enjoyed for so many years in the Arlington community. His mission to serve others in all areas of life will be passed on to many for years to come.

    Nadine Chritian
    Former teacher, Burgin Elementary

  6. CandleImageMissTillie,
    Just like to extend my deepest condolences to you and your family. Appreciate you so much praying 🙏 God goves you comfort and peace during this time. May your memories give you much blessings as a life well lived is celebrated.
    Love you ♥️

  7. Thank you for your leadership and belief in a young Cajun boy finding his way through God’s plan for him and his family! You and Bob have always been that servant at just the right time And just the right place! For 40 years y’all have meant the most to us! Blessings Praise and protection for you and the family!

  8. Pastor Bob Burgin, aka Dr. B, was a great Christian mentor for me during my college years at DBU. My friend Israel Victor and I attended his church where he preached on Sunday mornings and afterwards he would always take us to lunch with the rest of the Burgin family at Colters BBQ where his family took us in as one of their own. The next year my “future” wife attended UTA and she started joining us as well and Dr. B ended up driving to Oklahoma the following year and was the pastor for our wedding which tomorrow will be our 16 year wedding anniversary. Dr. B is the true definition of a servant leader that put others before self and has made a positive impact on countless lives and I am truly blessed to have had the opportunity to know him. We love you Dr. B. and will see you again in Heaven my friend.

  9. CandleImageSo, sorry for your loss. May God give family and friends peace and comfort,
    through this time of loss.


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