More detail on this person: Captain 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., Saturday March 16 with Mathew Dutton-Gillett officiating at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church at 330 Ravenswood Avenue in Menlo Park CA In 1966, he began a career with Pacific Airlines, merging into Air West, later Hughes Airwest, merging into Republic, then bought by Northwest, retiring from Northwest Airlines in 1992. 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. (Son John was also a pilot for NWA. John passed away Christmas Day 2011 at the age of 52.) Captain Dupree is survived by his wife Sabra; his children and their spouses. Personal condolences may be sent to the family at 152 E Creek Drive , Menlo Park CA 94025-3660 ... (650) 323-2082 Complete obituaries below....... Burton was born in Pioneer, Texas, to Burton Jacob Dupree and Lydia Anderson Dupree on May 24, 1932. He graduated from Denver City High School. He rode an Indian, a James, and a Harley, passing that love on; all the children rode for a time. 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 and 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 937th Engineers as part of the Inter-American Geodetic Survey in both fixed-wing craft and helicopters, and in 1964-1965 flew as a pilot in Viet Nam, leaving active duty in 1966. He then served for ten years in the 91st Division (Reserve) Aviation Section, retiring as a major. In 1966, he began a career with Pacific Airlines, merging into Air West, later Hughes Airwest, merging into Republic, then bought by Northwest, retiring from Northwest Airlines in 1992. That love of flying was passed on for two more generations. Burton was widely known for his cartoons, and he did them of almost everyone he met. He loved to fish and to simply be in nature. The children grew up going to parks and fishing. He traveled in Vanagons for decades. 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 the Humanist Community; a poetry group; a dinner group; and the Men's Group at Woodside Village Church. 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 spouses James and Wanda Dupree, Walter and Virginia Dupree Waik, David Jacob Dupree; and grandchildren Kimberly, Jeffrey, Lydia, Robert, Megan, Erin, Abigail, Olivia, Marc, Elizabeth, Scott, and Christian. Our family wishes to extend our deepest thanks to the staff of the Veterans Administration Community Living Center, Building 360 at 795 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. ----------------- Burton Dupree came to work at Pacific Air lines in August 1966 after ten years as an officer in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as a helicopter and fixed-wing pilot, including service in Viet Nam. He contributed cartoons in social contexts and to the training department, especially to Steve Cramer. He served in seven locations. His son John followed in his steps, joining Republic in October 1985 and flew as Burt's copilot before Burt retired in 1992 to 152 East Creek Drive, Menlo Park, CA 94025.
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