John R. Burrows
- August 29, 2022
John R. Burrows
John R. Burrows Jr., 90, better known in Belle Plaine as “Jack,” died of natural causes on July 18, 2022, in a Pasadena, Calif., hospital. He was the son of John and Ruth Burrows, born in Belle Plaine on June 30, 1932. He was involved in high school athletics. He excelled in football, and was named team captain. Jack became an Eagle Scout; he worked summers and vacations at Burrows Publishing Co. He graduated with the BPHS Class of 1948. He then enrolled at the University of Iowa where he majored in Journalism, he joined the Delta Chi social fraternity and Sigma Delta Chi professional Journalism Society.
Jack was named Editor of the Daily Iowan Newspaper. At graduation he received a BA degree and a commission as a second Lieutenant in the Army. She was a phlebotomist. Jack and Barbara Rump were married in 1958.
After graduation from law school, Jack took a position as Trust Officer of a Council Bluffs, Iowa Bank. Later, he moved on to Des Moines, as the Trust officer of the Des Moines Savings Bank. Jack was elected to the School Board of West Des Moines. Barbara desired to return to southern California, and the couple moved to the Los Angeles area where Jack served as a Trust officer at several major banks, including one at Pasadena. He was member of the Rotary Clubs of LA and Pasadena. He became the President of the Big Ten Club of Southern California, and the man to see for tickets to the annual Rose Bowl game.
Barbara died in 2008. Jack was also predeceased by his sons: Scott and Doug Burrows. Jack was also predeceased by his sister, Jean Burrows Colony, who died on July 18, 2022. Jack wrote and published a book; “Justice for Doug” describing the tragic death in a car crash by an illegal driver, subsequently bringing the driver to trial. The driver was later charged and convicted. Jack is survived by his son, Matt Burrows; and a brother, Tom Burrows.
Burial was at Forrest Lawn Cemetery in Hollywood next to the grave of Barbara.