December 7, 1927 - June 1, 2014 Frank Burns was a voice of reason whose behind the scenes strategic insights played a key role In shaping Californian and national politics for more than three decades. Frank was a close confidant and counselor to the late California political leader Jesse M. Unruh. In 1968, he worked with Unruh to spearhead Robert Kennedy's Presidential campaign In California. Frank was with Senator Kennedy at the Ambassador Hotel and was grazed by the assassin's bullet. A staunch Democrat, Frank also lent his sage counsel to President Lyndon B. Johnson, New York Mayor John Lindsay and many of California's leading political figures. For years, Frank and his beloved wife Patsy hosted annual parties at their home that included a cross section of political leaders, activists, business associates and friends. To the end, Frank maintained his keen interest in the political scene. A lifelong resident of Los Angeles, Frank Jackson Burns Jr. was the son of Constance Walker Burns and Frank Jackson Burns. Frank held a Bachelor's degree from UCLA and a Juris Doctorate from the USC School of Law, where he received the Order of the Coif. He was a founding partner of the law firm of McKenna, Burns and Blaylock, Later, he teamed with the late Phil Schott to form Burns & Schott, an influential government relations firm that served a variety of clients in the building industry, entertainment, and other sectors. Frank is survived by his wife of 62 years, Patricia White Burns, his daughters Nancy Burns and Beverly Burns, sons-In-law Stephen Edel and Philip Cerveny, and grandchildren Kendra Burns-Edel, Tristan Burns-Edel, Matthew Cerveny, Dylan Cerveny and Anna Cerveny. There will be a private graveside service at Forest Lawn in Glendale in accordance with Frank's wishes.
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Published in the Los Angeles Times from July 19 to July 20, 2014