City candidate Sorthun dies of pneumonia

first_imgBorn March 21, 1935, in Oak Park, Ill., Sorthun moved to Burbank with her family in 1952. She graduated from Bellarmine-Jefferson Catholic High School and attended Glendale Community College. In the late 1950s, she and husband Jim Sorthun founded two small charter airlines, Farrair and Admiral Air Service, which flew from Burbank and Oakland to 11 other states until 1962. Her business morphed into Sorthun Aviation in 1963, an aircraft sales and parts business that operated until the late 1960s. She divorced her husband in 1967 and raised her daughters alone, working as an accountant and at the aerospace firm Lockheed until retiring in 1990. Though she had lived in Shadow Hills for decades, Sorthun moved back to the family home in Burbank in 2002 and became active in community issues. BURBANK – Margaret Sorthun, who recently ran for City Council but was hospitalized with pneumonia in the run-up to the election, has died. She was 71. Sorthun, a retiree who served on a city task force charged with reviewing local fence ordinances, died March 8, nearly two weeks before her 72nd birthday, her daughter Linda Holtz said Wednesday. She received 341 votes, finishing seventh in the Feb. 27 election. “My mom had what it took,” Holtz said. “If she wasn’t in the hospital, she definitely would’ve been out there campaigning. She was a strong woman, and that’s the way she had always been.” She was appointed by the City Council to a task force reviewing fencing, walls and hedge standards in the city when she emerged as a strong opposition voice to new height limits. She is survived by daughters Holtz, 44, and Mary Louise Willams, 45, grandchildren Patrick Williams, 15, and Krystle Holtz, 13, and goddaughter Cathy Jo Terhune, 51. [email protected] (818) 546-3304160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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