Burton Lynn Dupree died peacefully on Feb. 18 in Menlo Park. He was 80. A memorial service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, March 16, at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 330 Ravenswood Ave. in Menlo Park.
Born in Pioneer, Texas, he graduated from Denver City High School in Denver City, Texas. He loved motorcycles and passed that love on to his children. He loved flying, too, soloing after three hours in a Piper Cub, the family said.
He received a bachelor's degree in design at Texas Tech, and served as colonel of cadets in the ROTC.
In 1956, he began 10 years of active duty as an officer in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. In Central America from 1959 to 1962, he supported the mapping mission of the 937th Engineers as part of the InterAmerican Geodetic Survey in both fixed-wing craft and helicopters. In 1964-65, he flew as a pilot in Vietnam, leaving active duty in 1966. He then served for 10 years in the 91st Division (Reserve) Aviation Section, retiring as a major.
In 1966, he began a career with Pacific Air Lines, which merged into Air West, and then Republic, which was bought by Northwest. He retired from Northwest Airlines in 1992.
Mr. Burton was known for drawing cartoons of almost everyone he met. He loved to fish and to be in nature, the family said. The children grew up going to parks and fishing.
He volunteered, washing dishes at St. Anthony's Dining Room and driving a forklift at the Second Harvest Food Bank. Every day, he was at Peet's coffee shops with friends. He attended a poetry group, a dinner group, and the Men's Group at Woodside Village Church, the family said.
Mr. Burton was preceded in death by his sister Karen Ann Westbrook and son John Marc Dupree. Surviors include his wife Sabra; his children James Dupree, Virginia Dupree Waik and David Jacob Dupree; and 12 grandchildren.
The family thanks the staff of the Veterans Affairs Community Living Center 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.