Michael Dunn, 67, a much loved husband, father, ‘Poppy,’ son, brother and friend, passed away on Memorial Day, Monday, May 26, 2014, at his lake house on Lake Eufaula.
Mike was born on January 14, 1947, in Oklahoma City, OK, and resided in Edmond for the past 31 years. He graduated from St. Gregory’s High School in 1965 and Central State University in 1973. Mike interrupted his University career to enlist in the United States Army in July of 1967, where after completing Airborne training and testing for Special Forces at Fort Bragg, he earned his Green Beret and was assigned to a Special Forces Airborne Unit deployed to combat operations in Vietnam. In 1968 he was grievously injured during a night operation and was permanently disabled. After his discharge in March of 1968, he returned to CSU to complete his degree. Never letting anything hold him back, he made his career in law enforcement retiring from the Oklahoma Department of Corrections in 2002, as a Probation and Parole Supervisor.
In 1983 he and his wife Linda married and together they raised their three daughters. His greatest joy was his children and grandchildren, supporting and following his girls through their sports activities. He was in the bleachers cheering them on from T-ball through College Fast Pitch Softball and for several years helped coach the TLC Chargers 19-and-under championship teams. After the girls stopped playing, there were two grandsons to follow through soccer, baseball, basketball and football. Another of his passions was OU football and he and Linda are long time season ticket holders
The family’s vacations always involved the 3 S’s. Sun, sand and the sea. In the mid 90’s they added SCUBA. Mike and Linda enjoyed several dive trips to Cozumel, Hawaii and the Bahamas.
Mike was a Mason, a member of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity, Zeta Nu Chapter at CSU, an active member of the Sheriff’s and Peace Officers Association and Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 147.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Howard O’Quinn Dunn and Frances Duffy Dunn; step-mother, Alicia Comby Dunn; and daughter Natasha Lea Dunn. He is survived by his wife, Linda Bartlett Dunn of the home; daughters, Shannon Elaine Dunn, Edmond; Kristin Kay and husband Christopher Sanders, Piedmont; grandsons, Carson Michael and Kyle Christopher Sanders; brother, Patrick and wife Kathy Dunn, Yukon; Mother and Father-in-Law, Helen and Lindy Bartlett, Eufaula; sisters-in-law; Brinda and Steve Brown, Guthrie; Trisha and Frank Johnson, Enid; D.J. and Patrick Thompson, Ft Gibson; uncle and aunt, Don and Bea Dunn, Chickasha, and a host of cousins, nieces and nephews. Also his very special ATO brothers-from-other mothers with whom he had retained life-long friendships and many friends whom he cherished.
A celebration of Mike’s life will be held Saturday, June 7, 2014, at 10:30am at Matthews Funeral Home in Edmond. Instead of formal attire, the family suggests you wear one of his favorite teams’ color or shirt: OU, OKC Thunder, Dallas Cowboys, or NY Yankees. Any of the softball family can wear Chargers attire as well.
To honor him in a way we know he would have loved, the family invites you to join them for a ‘tailgate’ lunch at Matthews following our celebration. Bring your lawn chair as we send him off with one final Boomer Sooner!
We would like to thank our Push Hill Cove family for their love and support through the past week and to express our appreciation to the following neighbors who worked tirelessly and never gave up on their efforts to save him; Tony Siegenthaler, Jim Phillips, April Wilson-Mitchell, Steve Duren and Keith McMurphy. You will always have a special place in our hearts.
In lieu of flowers, we ask that you please make a donation in his name to a cause that was near and dear to his heart: Canine Angels Service Dogs – Service Dogs for Disabled Veterans. (canineangelsservicedogs.org)