December 21, 1924 - July 8, 2019
Born in Salinas, California
Resided in Monterey, California
Upon graduation he joined Bruce Church, Inc., a leading lettuce grower and shipper, where he spent his entire career in the Imperial and Salinas Valleys. Following his retirement in 1985, he became an instructor at Hartnell College in the Japanese Agricultural Training Program. In 1989, he became the Staff Historian for the Coastal Grower magazine, writing articles for the quarterly publication up to the time of his death. He has written a number of highly regarded books about the agricultural history of the Central Coast, including The Salinas Valley, A History of America’s Salad Bowl, A Native Son’s History of the Central Coast and From Valley to Sea, 25 Years with the Coastal Grower. He received the National Steinbeck Center “Valley of the World Award” in 2010 for the education category in recognition of his articles and books about the agricultural history of the Central Coast.
Burton served for 15 years on the Monterey County Fish and Game Commission and was its Chairman from 1983 to 1989. In addition, he was a member of the Monterey County Historical Society and served on the planning committee in 1974 when the society bought the Boronda Adobe property. Burton also served on the University of California, Berkeley, College of Natural Resources Advisory Board. An accomplished trap shooter, he was a member of the California Indians, a clay shooting organization, for over 60 years.
Burton was predeceased by his wife, Alice, and is survived by his son, Peter and his wife Nancy of Blue Bell, PA; daughters, Amy and her husband William Claster of Corona del Mar, CA; and Gia and her husband Steven Hartmeier of Bend, OR, his nine grandchildren, Amelia and Stephen Anderson, Laura Claster Bisesto, Sara Claster Skrip and Anne Claster Yeager, and Jeffrey, Paul, Michael and John Hartmeier. He also has four great grandchildren, Calvin and April Skrip, William Yeager and Thomas Bisesto.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to the College of Natural Resources, University of California, Berkeley. Checks should be made out to the UC Berkeley Foundation and mailed to the following address: University of California, Berkeley, Donor and Gift Services, 1995 University Avenue, Suite 400 Berkeley, CA 94704-1070. Checks should include a note indicating the gift is in memory of Burton Anderson. Memorial contributions may also be made in Burton’s name to the Monterey County Historical Society, 333 Boronda Road, Salinas, CA 93907.
The Rosary will be said at Struve and Laporte Funeral Home, 41 W. San Luis Street, Salinas, CA. 93901 on Monday, July 15th at 7:00 p.m.
Funeral services will be held at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church 1 Railroad Avenue, Spreckels, CA. 93962 on Tuesday, July 16th at 11:00 a.m.
Entombment will follow in the Garden of Memories Cemetery,850 Abbott Street, Salinas, CA. 93901.
Salinas, California 93901
Spreckels, CA US 93962
Salinas, CA US 93901
Berkeley, California 94704-1070
Salinas, CA 93912