D. Boon

Birth Name:
Dennes Dale Boon
Birth Date:
April 1, 1958
Birth Place:
San Pedro, California
Death Date:
December 22, 1985
Place of Death:
Interstate I-10 near Tucson, Arizona
Cause of Death:
Broken neck, blunt force trauma (car accident)
Cemetery Name:
Green Hills Memorial Park
Claim to Fame:
D. Boon was a pioneer of the punk scene in the early 1980s in Los Angeles, California. As singer, songwriter, guitarist and vocalist for the punk rock trio the Minutemen, D. Boon mixed funk, punk, metal, country and a healthy dose of rage that influenced the likes of Nirvana for generations. Like peers Black Flag, Husker Du and the Meat Puppets, the Minutemen built a solid cult following throughout the U.S. the old-fashioned way - by living in a van on the road for six years. Tragically the end came suddenly when after a concert D. Boon was killed in a tragic auto accident at the young age of 27.

The Rest of the Story …

Just to put the rumors to rest, D. Boon did not die in an auto accident where the driver fell asleep. The accident was caused by the left rear wheel axle of the van breaking off causing the van to roll almost two full turns when D. Boon, asleep in the back, was thrown out of the van and suffered a broken neck. Neither drugs or alcohol were involved in the tragedy – it was just a unfortunate common failure of Dodge vans at the time.

Cemetery Information:

Final Resting Place:

Green Hills Memorial Park

27501 S Western Avenue

Rancho Palos Verdes, California, 90275


North America


Grave Location:

Section Lake View Lawn, Plot 365, Grave B

Grave Location Description

As you drive through the entrance of the cemetery, turn right and then turn left and drive past the Garden of Reflection on your left. Turn left at the next intersection and then turn right onto Lake View Road. Drive about half-way the length of the road and park. D. Boon’s grave is on your right, five rows from the road.



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