Officially Endorsed By Dean O. Torrence (c)2004-2014 MGA
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The Jan Berry Memorial - Something Very Special

There is in the Heartland of America, a living memorial to one of the founders of the California Sound of the 1960's. This memorial to Jan Berry, considered by some to be the creative force behind Jan & Dean, has been established through the efforts of many of their fans.

I began this tribute by seeking and winning the approval of the City Council of my hometown, Cottonwood Falls, Kansas in March of 2005 . I chose an ornamental pear tree which was planted on June 1, 2005 at a site just to the West of our city swimming pool, which as a teenager was my second home and my poor substitute for the beach and surf that I longed to live by. My beach was the pool and my surfboard was my trusty skateboard, one of only two in the entire county in the mid sixties.

In late March of 2006, his first Spring, "Jan" put on a very pretty show of lovely little white flowers tinged in pink. During his second summer, "Jan," with weekly waterings, thrived and has decided to introduce two more branches.

The second step in the making of this memorial, was the ordering of the granite marker and it's engraving. This was accomplished and I had the marker on August 19. Then on Monday, August 22, 2005, the memorial marker was set in a small, private dedication ceremony.

Jan's Marker

I feel that the inscription on the marker says in a few words what most of Jan's fans feel about his life after the accident. He did prove everyone wrong, you can come back and he showed the world by doing just that.

The memorial has been dedicated to Jan's memory from his fans around the world.


If you are ever in Chase County, stop by the Courthouse, ask for me and together we'll visit this memorial, the only memorial to Jan Berry in the world. We'll spend a few moments reflecting upon the music and the genius that was Jan Berry.

There will soon be available a Jan Berry Memorial brochure

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