We are saddened to announce that Gene Burrus has passed away at the age of 88. Gene, known as the “Voice of Dana Point,” volunteered many hours with Dana Point Youth Baseball, the Senior Center and many other organizations. We were lucky enough to honor him as the 2013 Citizen of the Year to thank him for his many years of service. He will be sorely missed.
Burrus had a broadcasting career that spanned more than five decades which included being known as “the voice of Armed Forces Radio” and serving as the public address announcer at the Tournament of Roses Parade in the 10 years leading up to his retirement. He started in radio in 1952 at station KRUX in Glendale, Ariz. In 1958, he moved to television there and then in 1964 returned to California where, after World War II he studied broadcasting at the Radio Engineering School in Burbank and worked at several stations in cities like Palm Springs, Los Angeles and Newport Beach until retiring in 1986.
Upon retiring, he and his wife Gladys moved to Dana Point where he quickly became an integral part of the community by volunteering for many city programs and events. For his involvement in the local scene Gene Burrus, the voice behind Dana Point’s youth baseball games, was named 2013 Dana Point Citizen of the Year by the Dana Point Chamber of Commerce. Burrus, who has announced youth sports in Dana Point for decades, also voiced the Dana Point Festival of Whales annual parade.
Aside from his dedication to the community’s youth, Burrus was also devoted to helping fellow seniors at the Dana Point Community Center. He could be found most days, helping pack meals, working the crowd and leading activities at the center.
In April of 2014, Gene visited the Monarch Beach Sunrise Rotary and provided more info about himself, his historical family and his love of Dana Point. Do yourself a favor and take some time to watch the video to the right.
A celebration of Gene Burrus’ life will be held on Sunday, Nov. 22 at noon on the Gene Burrus Ballfield at Del Obispo Community Park, adjacent to the Dana Point Community/Senior Center.