Don Burrell Jr.

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Longtime resident Don C. Burrell, Jr. 32 passed away unexpectedly in Tustin, CA on April 5, 2014 surrounded by his family. Living in Alaska 27 years, he left in Feb 2014 for a new life with family in California and was excited with numerous plans ahead! Born in St. Louis, August 28, 1981 to Don Burrell and Gerri L. Curtis; Don was a hardworking, loving and faithful man. His journey started in St. Louis, and as a military son, he traveled and lived in Colorado Springs, Korea and Alaska where he remained. Alaska was his treasure, having lived most of his life on Ft. Richardson.

He was a gifted student participating in numerous activities from class President, Drama, Band, government, youth attorney, Chairman for NAACP youth council, Who's Who and HOBY leader just to name a few. Don attended Stellar and was an East High graduate, continuing his education at APU. In his professional experience, he was Executive Director of CMM, State Government specialist, Chief of Staff/Aid for Bettye Davis, and Office Manager at UAA. Don was a community activist with AFSCME Local 52, Link Ages and committed to feeding hungry children. As a previous member of LCF under the leadership of Dr. Ken and Dr. Deb Friendly, he participated in the Choir, youth and children's ministry.

His family held a memorial in St. Louis, May 2, 2014. His children Carmen, Chanel and Donovan Burrell will cherish the memory of their dad. Proceeding him in death was his grandparents Ethel and Ben Burrell; and grandfather Archie Curtis. Left grieving are his parents Don (Pam), Gerri (Rob); his brothers Nickeli , Danny, Romello; his sisters April, Madison and Tionna; his grandmother Annie Gladney; 3 great aunts, 6 aunts, 9 uncles, 2 nieces, 4 nephews, God family The Jennings, a host of cousins and numerous friends. He left an impression on all that came in contact with him, and his family asks that you treasure each moment he shared with you. Don's legacy to feed the children will be remembered in Alaska! Thanks to all that sent donations, kind words, calls and cards.

Published in Anchorage Daily News from July 6 to July 7, 2014