DOWNER, Daniel B.
January 17, 1919 - June 15, 2017
Daniel Bush “Dan” Downer, 98, a resident of San Marino for 63 years, passed away June 15 at his home, in peace, with his children by his side.
Dan was born in St. Louis and raised in Newton, Massachusetts. His family relocated to Southern California in 1939, and Dan graduated from Pomona College in 1941. He served with the Army Air Corps in Fairbanks, Alaska, and married Mary Lou Geis, of South Pasadena, in Juneau, September 1, 1945. The couple returned to Los Angeles in 1946 where Dan began a 50-year career as an award-winning producer of informational films, becoming a founder and the first president of the Industrial Film Producers Association. He and Mary Lou moved to San Marino in 1954 where they raised their four children and Dan was involved in many church, city, and scouting activities. Dan was a skilled outdoorsman, an avid sailor, enjoyed travel, and played the drums his whole life – most recently with the Pasadena-based Maestros. He was a talented and witty writer – a frequent emcee and performer at community events. Dan was a principled, compassionate man with a zest for life; charming, unassuming and honest. He was devoted to his family and a welcome presence to his many friends.
Dan was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Lou, in 2014. He is survived by his children, David, Richard, Steven, and Christina, their families and many nieces and nephews.
There will be a memorial service at 11 a.m., Friday, July 7 in the San Marino Community Church.