- fl. 1968-
Dave Burrus was born in New Westminster and worked as a firefighter. He and his wife Kathy visited Switzerland in 1968 and 1977 and decided they wanted a house in the mountains. Some of Dave's fellow firefighters were familiar with the Alta Lake area and recommended it to the couple. Initially unable to secure the lot they wanted, the Burruses bought a cabin in Alpine Meadows; in October 1979 they sold it and purchased Lot 22 from Alta Lake Estates Ltd. They built their own cabin with the help of firefighters from New Westminster. Stephan Ples was their original next-door neighbour. In 1988, the Burruses sold their cabin to Dave's sister and brother-in-law Lynn and Ken Watson, who lived there until 1996.
The Burruses found an unusual type of apple tree on their property which could not be conclusively identified by the B.C. Fruit Testers' Association. Cuttings from this tree were given to the B.C.F.T.A. and planted in Victoria.
Circa 2005, he and Kathy provided information about their property to Florence Petersen for her book, The History of Alta Lake Road.