Frank Daniel "Dan" Burgess(1939 - 2017)

?Frank Daniel (Dan) Burgess, 77, passed peacefully with his family around him on February 18. He was born in Denver, CO on September 15, 1939 to Hazel (Wehmhoff) and H.G "Pete" Burgess and raised in Castle Rock, CO. He attended Douglas County High and went on to attend Colorado State University, graduating in 1962. While at CSU he met his sweetheart Olivia Cecile Curtis and they were married on September 7, 1958. The day of Dan's graduation from CSU they also celebrated the birth of their first child Terry. Shortly after graduation the new family returned to Castle Rock where they made a home at 901 6th Street for 33 years while Dan worked at the family business, Burgess Motors, the local Ford Dealership. After making their home in Castle Rock, Dan and Olivia welcomed three more children, Ty, Tracy and Linc. Dan was known as an honest and fair business man and was always willing to help someone in need, often lending others his personal vehicle when theirs was being worked on or coming to their aid even on week-ends or holidays. He was always there for others.When Dan moved the family to Castle Rock, the population was around 1,000. He was very dedicated to helping the small community develop and thrive as a member of the Castle Rock Town Council, Castle Rock Volunteer Fire Department (serving as Chief at the time of the devastating fire of the beautiful old court house), active member of the Castle Rock Chamber of Commerce, Douglas County Young Republicans and alongside of a few other local men they constructed the original Centennial Park. He was a very social person, and loved the art of conversation. He spent time every day with his friends sharing coffee and conversation at the B&B. Dan was a big supporter of local youth through hiring them to work for him at the garage or on other projects, coaching numerous youth sports teams and announcing the Douglas County High School football games on local radio and tv. Most of all, Dan was a dedicated family man and found his joy in sharing time with his family and supporting them in any way possible. He was a trusted confidant and advisor and our knight in shining armor, always coming to our rescue!Dan enjoyed playing softball and sponsored numerous softball teams through Burgess Motors. He loved spending time with his family and friends, building great memories camping and boating over the years. He loved to water ski and sharing this passion with his children and wife. Many of the best memories are from times spent at different lakes boating, water skiing, camping and fishing. He also enjoyed hunting with Olivia's family and spending time at his family's property in Fairplay. After selling the family business in 1987, Dan went on to be a bus driver for Douglas County schools. In 1995 he retired and he and Olivia went on the road in their 5th wheel trailer to have many adventures traveling across the country and in Mexico. They made many new friends along the way and created some wonderful memories. In 1999 they settled on 10 acres in Weldona, CO where they again made many new friends and had some great times. The grandchildren loved going to the farm and riding the tractor and horse, shooting with grandpa and put-zing around with him on the golf cart. Wherever they were, Dan and Olivia thrived on building great memories with their children, grandchildren, other family members and friends. Most recently they moved back to Castle Rock where Dan spent the remainder of his days, close to several family members and long time friends. Dan is survived by his wife Olivia, daughter Terry Wilson and her husband Chip of Castle Rock, son Ty Burgess and wife Chris of Pueblo, daughter Tracy Bledsoe and husband Bob of Grand Junction and son Linc Burgess and wife Cherry of New Zealand, grandchildren Mariah, Bobby, Emily, Collin, Ellie, Will, Callum, Paige, Jake and Sophia, brother Kenny and sisters Betty Gelroth and Jane Fugget, still living in the area and numerous nieces and nephews.Dan's greatest happiness came from time he spent with his dearly loved wife of 59 years, Olivia, his 4 children and 10 grandchildren. Services will be held February 25, 11 am at the First United Methodist Church, 1200 South St, Castle Rock. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Dan Burgess Memorial Fund at 1st Bank of Castle Rock which funds will be distributed from to benefit local youth or the in Dan's name. Please visit castlerock-funeralandcremantion.com for further memorials.

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Castle Rock Funeral and Cremation Services
211 4th Street Castle Rock, CO 80104
(720) 379-4604

Published in Colorado Community Newspapers from Feb. 23 to Mar. 22, 2017