Dan Berry, who formed and coached the Crescenta Valley High softball team to a CIF Southern Section championship and 20 Pacific League titles, died Wednesday morning. He was 65.
Berry was taken to Verdugo Hills Hospital on Oct. 11 after suffering two seizures inside the Crescenta Valley coaches’ office. After paramedics arrived, Berry went into cardiac arrest and was treated at the scene before being taken to the hospital. On Friday, he was taken off a ventilator and moved into the hospice wing of the hospital, where he died early Wednesday.
Berry coached the Falcons for two stints totaling 27 seasons, beginning when he started the program in 1983. He coached until 1994 before coaching at L.A. Pierce College until his return to Crescenta Valley in 1998. In 1986, the softball team won a CIF Southern Section championship, the first and only in the program’s history and the first girls’ team title.