Donald Leonard Burrus


Posted: Sunday, January 20, 2002

Longtime Juneau resident Donald Leonard Burrus, 97, died Jan. 12, 2002, at the Juneau Pioneers' Home.

Born in Alta, Iowa, on Nov. 22, 1904, Burrus moved to Spokane, Wash., in 1910. He graduated from Lewis and Clark High School in 1925, and furthered his education at Cheney Normal School and Spokane University, working his way through school with a paper delivery route and a job as a soda jerk. He earned his master's degree from Washington State College in 1935.

He married Elma Ward in Seattle, Wash., on Aug. 4, 1940, and worked as a teacher and principal in Morris, Minn., until 1942. He was a civilian employee of the U.S. Army Ordnance at Rock Island Arsenal, Ill., and Fort Lewis, Wash. In 1944, he was appointed manager of Alaska Native Arts and Crafts in Juneau. He retired to Lena Beach in 1973.

As a student, he participated in track and field and cross country. He was a Spokane Mountaineer, and in 1939 he climbed both Glacier Peak and Mount Rainier. He enjoyed gardening and observing bird and sea life.

He was preceded in death by his wife Elma.

He is survived by his daughter Jean Kline and her husband Pete, Juneau; grandsons Terry and Ken Grummett, Juneau; grandson Jeff Grummett, Anchorage; sister Kathleen Burrus, her brother and sister-in-law Rex and Gladys Burrus, and niece Jane Williams, all of Spokane.

At his request, no services will be held.

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