Burton Lynn Dupree, 80, passed away peacefully on February 18 in Menlo Park, California. A memorial service will be held at 2:30 p.m. March 16 with Mathew Dutton-Gillett officiating at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church at 330 Ravenswood Avenue in Menlo Park.
Burton was born in Pioneer, Texas, to Burton Jacob Dupree and Lydia Cooper Dupree on May 24, 1932. He graduated from Denver City High School. Burton began a long-term love affair with flying, soloing after three hours in a Piper Cub. He completed a B.A. in design. At Texas Tech, he majored in architecture, landscape architecture, and design; he served as Colonel of Cadets in the R.O.T.C. his senior year. In 1956, he began ten years of active duty as an officer in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. In Central America 1959-1962 he supported the mapping mission of the InterAmerican Geodetic Survey in both fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters. In 1964-1965 he flew as a pilot in Viet Nam. Leaving active duty in 1966. He then served for ten years in the Army Reserve. In 1966 he began a career with PacificAirlines, and after mergers with Air West, Republic and Northwest Airlines, retiring in 1992.
Burton painted, cartooned, and drank coffee at Peet’s coffee shops with friends. He attended the men’s group at the Woodside Village Church and Humanist meetings, particularly Forum.
Burton was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Karen Ann Westbrook, and son John Marc Dupree, who is survived by his wife Christine Jameson Dupree.
Burton is survived by his wife Sabra; his children and their spousesJames and Wanda Dupree, Walter and Virginia Dupree Waik, David Jacob Dupree; and grandchildren Kimberly Dupree Hayek, Jeffrey Dupree, Lydia Waik, Robert Waik, Megan Dupree Calhoun, Erin Dupree Jakubowski, Abigail Dupree Polston, Olivia Dupree, Marc Dupree, Elizabeth Dupree, Scott Dupree, and Christian Dupree.
Our family wishes to extend our deepest thanks to the staff of the Veterans Administration Community Living Center, Building 360 at 775 Willow Road in Menlo Park, who provided the best of professional loving care.
Memorials may be sent to the art department at Willow Oaks School, 620 Willow Road, Menlo Park, CA 94025.