Obituary: Danny Burris
On the morning of July 7, 2018, the town of Jerome, Arizona, lowered its flags to half staff to mark the farewell to Danny Burris, known around town as Danny B.
Danny was a Southern gentleman, born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, with a soft-spoken drawl that was sweeter than wine, of which, by the way, he was quite fond. He grew up with siblings, David, Andrea, younger brother Brian and baby sister Elizabeth Ann. From day one, his nature was engaging and kind, always thinking of others and what he could do for them. His sweet nature was constant throughout his entire life. He earned the term of endearment in the family, “Little Danny.”
From his early childhood, Danny had a flair for the artistic, as well as a keen business acumen. His sister, Andrea, recounts him using his charm to easily sell his handmade Shrinky-Dink-type flowers to the entire neighborhood. This gift led him to become a purveyor of fine American Crafts in his many successful galleries and shops along with his life and business partner, Michael Gamble. These two handsome men, Danny and Michael, had adventures wherever they went, including a three-month stint in Costa Rica, where they learned the meaning of Pura Vida and named their first store in Jerome after The Good Life they quickly came to epitomize.
Other shops followed, including locations in Kapaau, Hawaii, and Solana Beach, California. But, Danny’s heart was in Jerome, where he was loved for his kindness, good humor, and always cheerful disposition. Danny served as Jerome Art Walk President until he was replaced during a coup (it’s a long story) and has been a director of the Jerome Chamber of Commerce. He was a person who was counted on when there was any call for help.
He leaves behind his 14-year companion and love of his life, Michael Gamble, his “dream teams” at his shops, Pura Vida and Threads on Main, so many people who loved him in the Verde Valley and Jerome, his siblings, and his dear friend Susan and her family from Colorado. Danny’s true, loving extended family is in Jerome, Arizona ... the community that showed love and support for him and Michael as Danny fought to stay healthy and vibrant despite the congenital heart defect that ultimately shortened his life.
He emitted love, kindness and generosity to all. It was a gift. He developed a family of friends and loved ones wherever he lived – Jerome, Kapaau, Solana Beach, and was a known and beloved member of each community he touched, no matter how long he stayed. His kind leadership earned him admiration and love from all he met. Garnering so much love and goodwill is a tribute to the way Danny lived his life.
If you would like to do something in memory of Danny, he would want you to choose the Jerome Community Art Workshop. Contact Kathleen Jarvis at the Jerome Library, 928-639-0574. Your cash or check donation can be dropped off at Pura Vida Gallery, Threads on Main, or at the Jerome Library. A Celebration of Danny’s Life will be scheduled in the future.
Information provided by survivors.