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For leaving a lasting legacy on the community, Frank Daniel “Dan” Burgess was honored last month with the Town’s Cornerstone Tribute award.
Now, an unveiling of the sign denoting the award will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, at Centennial Park, 825 South St. The park is home to Burgess Pool, which Burgess and his family raised funds to help build in memory of his great uncle, Charles Burgess.
Among Dan Burgess’ other notable contributions to the community are longstanding involvement with the Castle Rock Chamber of Commerce, during which projects included organizing the first fair parade and barbecue, Starlighting ceremonies, and the 1981 celebration of the Town’s centennial – including the creation of Centennial Park.
Burgess was a 20-year member of the Castle Rock Volunteer Fire Department. He was Chief in 1978, when the historic Douglas County Courthouse fire occurred. Burgess also served on Town Council from 1978 to 1986.
Additionally, Burgess was an active supporter and sponsor of local youth, through his family business, Burgess Motor Co. on Wilcox Street. He coached numerous teams and announced football games at his alma mater, Douglas County High School. He died last year at age 77.
Members of the Town Council, including Mayor Jennifer Green, and of the Burgess family – including his wife, Olivia; children Terry, Ty, Tracy and Linc; and 10 grandchildren – will remember these contributions and more during the Oct. 27 ceremony. The public is invited to attend. Light snacks will be served. The event will be moved into the pool’s party room in the event of inclement weather.
Town Council created the Cornerstone Tribute award in 2007, to recognize individuals and organizations that help the Town reach the four cornerstones of its vision: town identity, community planning, community services and local economy.
Past honorees are Kent Brandebery, who founded the Castle Rock Band; Lionel and Starr Oberlin, who worked to preserve local history; and Mayor Ray Waterman, who in addition to twice serving on Town Council was a teacher and football coach at DCHS.
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