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According to Burns’ family, Elan Burns, one of the founders of Candy Cane Lane, died after more than 40 years of Corpus Christi’s favorite Christmas display.
Burns died on September 9th. He was 89 years old.
He began a long tradition with his son and neighbors in the 4700 and 4600 blocks of Donegal Drive in the early 1980s.
Burns moved to Corpus Christi in the mid-1960s and graduated from Texas Tech University. After serving in the army during the Korean War, he ran the army and later became a safety engineer for Army civil servants. After that, he spent more than 35 years at Corpus Christi Army Base.
He has also been a Scout Master for Troop 232 for over 30 years and has been active in his churches, the Grace Presbyterian Church and Corpus Christi’s Southside Rotary Club.
Burns was known for having one of the largest displays made of hand-painted signs and figures on his streets. He was the first to have Santa Claus in front of his house to hand out candy canes to passers-by.
“Mr. Byrnes believed that Christmas was the time to give and encouraged others to do everything he did,” said his son Eric Byrnes.
Neighbors gathered for a Burns rally on Saturday, September 19th.
“The lights in Candy Cane Lane are still on this year, but they’re not as bright as they used to be, and I’m saddened to lose such a great man,” said Eric Byrnes.
The memorial service will take place on Saturday, September 25th, at 10am at the Grace Presbyterian Church in 6301 Yorktown Blvd. Cemetery worship takes place at Burns Cemetery in Fordyce, Arkansas.
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