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David Ashley Dunn

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April 21, 1926 - May 16, 2013

 

Dave Dunn treated everyone he met as if they were already a friend. On the golf courses of the Rogue Valley, at his gym, at the VA Dom, and in the town of Phoenix where he passed away at the age of 87, he will be remembered for his unique style of good humor and camaraderie.

 

He was the last of eight siblings born to Andrew Carnegie Dunn and Cecilia Shulte Dunn and raised in Crosby, Minn. in a home on Serpent Lake.


He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1943 at the age of 17. Dunn was trained as a radio/radar and machine gun operator, serving in the Pacific in World War II. He flew in both anti-submarine and torpedo bombers, sometimes in top secret missions, clearing the way for the allied forces to launch the Okinawa Campaign in the Pacific. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal, and Squadron Citation for Combat, among other honors. Of his Good Conduct Medal, he'd joke, "I don't know how I got that one!"


After leaving the service in 1947 he attended Brown Business School in Rockford, Ill., which led to the meeting with his bride-to-be, Lucile Cramer, on a Greyhound bus. They were married in Chicago, Ill. in 1952. Their marriage lasted 58 years and produced two children, Steve and Kathy Dunn. Dave and Lu shared a love for the outdoors, fishing, and music ranging from Swing to Dixieland of their prime, to the Classics. The Dunn family took many beautiful camping vacations across America.


Visiting Oregon, they found a new home, and in 1971 purchased the Phoenix Motel, which they operated for 17 years. He enjoyed his retirement years gathering with family and friends, golfing, bowling, and participating in varied senior social clubs, and events. Dave was funny and profound, gregarious, and private. If you knew him, you will miss him.


He is survived by his daughter Kathleen and son Steven, of the Rogue Valley, his niece Megan Sing of Medford, and his lovely granddaughter Tiffany Cortez of Eugene.


David was preceded in death by his wife Lucile, and all of his brothers and sisters.


He will be interred at Eagle Point National Cemetery with full military honors on Friday, July 12, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. Anyone who knew Dave is invited to that event and to the Dunn home in Phoenix afterward to share quips, wit, and memories of an unforgettable guy.


Since Dave always got the last word, here are a few words of wisdom from his memoirs; "You can tell a lot about a person's character by the way they treat people from whom they have nothing to gain," and, "never lose your capacity for excitement and never, ever lose your sense of humor."


In Dave's memory, donations can be made to the local care groups Memory Works, and Lifespan Respite, and to the American Alzheimer's Association.


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