DOWNER, Daniel B.

Jan­uary 17, 1919 - June 15, 2017

Los Angeles Times - - OBITUARIES -

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.

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