At home, surrounded by his loving family, William Laurent Dunn passed away Monday, April 1, 2013 in Medford, Ore. He was born in Detroit, Mich. November 29, 1945 to William and Marie Dunn. At age 3, the family relocated to Tucson, Ariz. There Bill attended Catholic school and was an altar boy. He attended Regina Cleri Seminary where he studied for the priesthood. After having second thoughts, he transferred to Salpointe High School, where he graduated in 1963.
Bill's life may be one of the most inspirational stories of late blooming that you will hear. He proved it was never too late to start fresh and he lived with no regrets. He joined the Marine Corps shortly after high school graduation, serving for three years. After his military service, there was a short stint living the hippie lifestyle on a commune in New Mexico. He then worked as a computer programmer in Los Angeles. Feeling unfulfilled, he chose to go back to school at age 28, first studying at Loyola Marymount and then graduating from Chicago Medical School in 1978. He became board certified in Family Medicine in 1981, after doing his residency at the University of Arizona Hospital, Tucson. That same year he married Gwen Moore and they moved to Yreka, Calif. where he joined the Newton Medical Clinic. There they started their family: Jaime (1982), Benjamin (1983), and Gabriel (1987). The family moved to Medford, Ore. in 1994 where he joined the Medford Clinic, until retiring in 1998. When he was no longer seeing patients (which was his first love), he started a telephone triage service, Tele Nurse. Several years later he incorporated with Fone Med, for whom he continued to work in sales and consultation until recent failing health.
Bill was an exceptionally caring man, who loved his family and his work as a medical doctor, particularly treating patients. He enjoyed family vacations to the beach, camping and fishing, golf, and skiing. He had a generous and charitable nature, often giving gifts of charitable donations in the family's name instead of material items. He will be missed immensely by all who knew and loved him.
He is survived by his partner Gwen and children, Jaime Versteeg (James), Benjamin Dunn, Gabriel Dunn, and Ryan Moon (Janice); and grandchildren Jack Versteeg, Zephaniah Moon, and Silas Moon. He is also survived by his sister Natalie Newton (Michael), brother Michael Dunn, niece Amber Schlatter (James), grandnephews Henry and Copeland, niece Bridgid Sloyan (Dan Campbell), grandnephew Gavin and grandniece Marie. Bill's family would like to offer special thanks to Providence Hospice staff Leslie, Marcia, Susan, and JoAnne for their wonderful care. RogueValleyFunerals.com has an online condolence book in Bill's name.
Friends and former patients are invited to a memorial service at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 13, 2013 at the home of Mike and Natalie Newton, 419 Oakwood Lane, Yreka, Calif. A reception will follow. Memorial contributions may be made to a favorite charity or Community Works.