2017-01-12 / Obituaries

D. Arvin Burlingame

D. Arvin Burlingame, a resident of Mariposa County for 23 years, died peacefully in Kirkland, Wash., on Dec. 28, 2016, after a long illness.

Arvin was born in Priest River, Idaho, on May 10, 1930, to Calvin Boswell Burlingame and Anna Margaret Baker Burlingame. He spent most of his childhood in Colfax, Wash., where the Burlingame family had homesteaded. In high school he played football and in his senior year was voted the most inspirational player by his teammates. He was offered a football scholarship to attend nearby Washington State College (now WSU), but after turning out for a few practices decided that wasn’t for him, got a job bussing tables and earned his way for a degree in Mechanical Engineering, the first member of his family to receive a college education.

In addition to working and studying he served as sergeant first class in the Army National Guard. Following graduation, he married Flora Elizabeth Beach, and the couple moved to Southern California where Arvin went to work for Bethlehem Steel as a plant engineer.

Raising his family in the community of Temple City, he was very supportive of his children’s activities, using his mechanical skills to assist their youth organizations build floats for the annual Camellia parade. He took pride in guiding his son on how to design prize-winning Pinewood Derby cars for Cub Scouts, always making one for himself, just for fun.

When his children were in high school he served as president of the band boosters and was honored by that group for his many volunteer hours in the various fund-raising food booths during sports and other events. In addition to his own son and daughters, Arvin was a devoted foster dad to two little boys. He enjoyed camping with his family and hand-built a sea-worthy boat for fishing off the California coast. A member of the San Gabriel Civic Light Opera Guild, he assisted at the Intermission Club wherever his expertise was needed.

Retiring in 1992, Arvin and his wife moved to Mariposa where he was active as a docent at the Mariposa Museum and History Center and served on the counting committee for the United Methodist Church. He collected antique Caterpillar tractors and spent many hours tending to a vegetable garden. A creative cook, he made relishes from zucchini and tomatillos he grew, and won ribbons at the Mariposa County Fair for his bread and wild blackberry liqueurs. In January of 2016, health problems necessitated a move to be near family members in Washington State.

Arvin is survived by his wife, Flora; his three children: Karen Atwater ( John), Donna Harris (Ken), Glen Burlingame (Lisa), Foster son Steve Huddleston (Becca); six grandchildren: Andrew Harris, Nathan Harris, Patrick Atwater, Phillip Atwater, Abby Burlingame and Eric Burlingame; a brother, Dean Burlingame, sisters, Ila Baltrusch, and Lee Thomas; foster grandchildren; and nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held on Bainbridge Island, Wash., in the spring.

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Rest in peace young man, I'm

Rest in peace young man, I'm sorry I missed you last time I was in town

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