Michael O’Quinn Dunn

January 14, 1947 – May 26, 2014

Dunn, MichaelMichael 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)

Comments

  1. Mike was a pledge brother of mine in both the Fall, 1965 and Spring, 1966 pledge classes of Alpha Tau Omega’s Zeta Nu chapter at Central State University in Edmond, OK. We enjoyed great times back then. One of my favorite memories was when several of us were sitting in the living room of the fraternity house on Boulevard. There was a tremendous thunder storm going on at the time. Mike made a teasing gesture during one strike and said something that God took offense to. Just then there was another lightning strike on the tree just outside the window. Mike dropped to the floor and began crossing himself and doing a Hail Mary as all of us broke up in tears laughing at him.

    Mike was always funny and the center of attention with that infectious smile. Before he was wounded in Vietnam we used to play a lot of flag football against the other fraternities on campus. Mike was a great player. He was a great brother and great friend to all who knew him.

    May God bless Linda and all of Mike’s family and friends and brothers! Love and Respect to O’Quinn! I look forward to seeing him in Heaven where we’ll sing “Old Alpha” once again.

  2. My most sincere condolences to the family, friends and brothers in the loss of “O’Quinn” as many of us called him.

    Mike had a very positive influence on my life as he was my Big Brother when I pleged Alpha Tau Omega-Zeta Nu in the spring of 1967. He was always quick with a warm greeting and an endearing smile. He made me feel so welcome to the fold of ATO.

    I still display in my bar at home the drinking chalice he presented me after my initiation into the fraternity. I regret not being able to be at his service but I will drink one last toast to you Mike on June 7th.

    See you in Chapter Eternal,

    Yours In ATO,

    Wade F. Carter
    ZN 1967

  3. May the Lord Bless you, Dunn Family, with the loss of this fine man. I have such fond memories of Michael OQ and will forever love and respect him.

    Peace My Brother,

    rock
    ZN 1968

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