Eugene F. Burrill, born Dec. 6, 1919, was a lumberman, pilot, landowner and developer who sat on numerous boards, including Mercy Flights, the Prospect School Board, the Jackson County Airport Commission, the Rogue Valley Medical Center board and the Rogue Basin Flood Control and Water Resources Association.
As the founder of the Eugene F. Burrill Lumber Co., he was at the forefront of trying new methods in the wood-products industry. He invested wisely in land around his White City mill and beyond, and became a key part of the development of the Highway 62 commercial corridor.
He was an ardent supporter of Rogue Valley Medical Center and an avid aviator. In 2010, the Prospect State Airport, which Burrill helped to build, was renamed the Eugene F. Burrill Memorial Field.
Burrill died in 2008, at the age of 89.