Danton Burroughs Service May 17, 2008 - Archive of The Museum of the San Fernando Valley (click on picture to enlarge)
An afternoon memorial service was held today at the Tarzana Community Center to honor the life of Danton Burroughs. Over 200 people braved the over 100 degree afternoon heat to pay tribute to champion of San Fernando Valley history and culture.
The following is an excerpt from a May 15 obituary in the Los Angeles Times.
"Burroughs was born June 21, 1944, in Los Angeles and grew up in Tarzana. In 1972, he earned a bachelor's degree in sociology from Cal State Northridge. His father, John Coleman Burroughs, was best known for illustrating the works of Edgar Rice Burroughs. He also was a photographer who documented Los Angeles as early as the 1920s. Many of his negatives burned in the April 30 fire at Danton's home, said Gerald Fecht, president of the Museum of the San Fernando Valley.
A supporter of the Valley museum, Danton also helped found the Tarzana Museum and contributed many artifacts to its collection, which is housed in the Tarzana Community and Cultural Center.
"I don't really expect to meet anyone like Danton again," Fecht said. "He had a sense of wonder, a sense of joy . . . he was absolutely a splendid person. When you were with him, it felt like vacation."