Obituary: Burt Buehrer March 28, 1930 – May 19, 2021

BURTON F. BUEHRER March 28, 1930 – May 19, 2021

Burt Buehrer, longtime Los Alamos High School coach and physical education teacher, passed away on May 19, 2021, in Walnut Creek, California, after a long illness.

Burt was born in 1930 in Toledo, Ohio. He fondly remembered his boyhood years spent in Blissfield, Michigan. His love of basketball began while playing on the Blissfield High School basketball team. 

Burt went to Alma College in Michigan for one year, and then because of health issues he moved with his first wife Kathleen to Silver City where he earned his BA and teaching certificate at Western New Mexico University. He was hired right out of college by the Los Alamos Public Schools in 1952 and remained teaching there until he retired in 1984. 

One of his greatest pleasures was coaching basketball at Los Alamos High School, which he did during his entire teaching career. He also coached the high school boy’s golf team and greatly enjoyed playing golf himself.

For many years starting even before retirement Burt did play-by-play broadcasting of Los Alamos High School basketball and football games on the local radio station KRSN. He was known as “The Voice of the Toppers”. In 2014 he was inducted into the Los Alamos High School Sports Hall of Fame.

Another of Burt s favorite pastimes was watching the Chicago Cubs’ games on television. Every summer he would travel to Chicago’s Wrigley Field to attend a home game series of his “Cubbies”. He was thrilled when the Cubs won the World Series in 2016.

In 1979 Burt married Sarah Miller who also taught at Los Alamos High School. In 2012 Burt and Sarah moved to Walnut Creek, California, to be near Sarah’s family who live in Berkeley.  

Burt is survived by his wife Sarah, his stepdaughter Simone Miller (Tim Frederick), his step-granddaughter Lily Frederick, his sister Charleen Stanton of Albuquerque, and his niece Cynthia and her family.

No memorial is planned at the present time. Sarah can be reached at