Richard “Dick” Dunn passed away peacefully of natural causes on the morning of September 17, 2019 at age 88. Born March 5, 1931 in Vienna, Austria when his physician father was in Europe studying his medical specialty. His childhood was spent in Stevens Point, Wisconsin with his father Austin, an ENT doctor, his mother Florence and his sister Diane (Dee Dee). At 14, Dick started attending St. Thomas Military Academy, an all-boys Catholic college preparatory high school in St Paul, Minnesota. While in high school he played on a variety of sports teams including playing on the school’s first state championship basketball team. During breaks from school while traveling by train back and forth from home he would pick up spending money playing poker with servicemen home on leave. He said it was easy pickings since most of the GI’s were poor players, quite a statement coming from a brash high school student. After high school he enrolled at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania where he continued his basketball career and education. In the middle of his college days he married his college sweetheart and wife of 65 years Dottie Templeton. Almost immediately thereafter with the country in middle of the Korean War he was drafted into the US Army and stationed in Columbia South Carolina. Through the years he entertained his kids and their friend with endless stories of his heroic deeds during the war, though he never did see active duty overseas. This life-long theme of telling entertaining stories, many made up, along with his constant kidding endeared him to almost everyone he came in contact. He was honorably discharged after two years in the Army and he returned to F&M to complete his degree. After college, now a family of 4, a wife and 2 young boys, Mike & Rick moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin where Dick attended Marquette University Law School part time while supporting his family by working full time settling insurance claims. In 1961 after adding one more family member, Kathy and five years of part time school, full-time work combined with Wisconsin’s harsh winters it was decided to move to warmer weather in Anaheim, California.
Anaheim became home where he raised his family and put down roots for next fifty-five years. His ever-present passion for sports was passed along to his sons who he coached in youth baseball and basketball and even when he wasn’t coaching their teams rarely missed a game. Along the way he changed careers moving into sales and management with Sears whom he worked for the better part of forty years, finally retiring at age 84. In typical Dick fashion he always referred to his job as playing Sears, coming home after a long day to entertain the family with funny stories of encounters with customers or practicable jokes he would play on co-workers, fun was always part of the game plan.
In his free time, he closely followed college and high school sports in southern California and trips to the track to watch thoroughbred horses racing at Santa Anita and Del Mar. Dick remarked once that if it wasn’t for Dottie’s stability on the home front he would have just traveled the horse racing circuit betting the ponies. He loved teasing or kidding everyone, always with a touch of subtle sarcasm. An avid reader, usually having several books and newspapers in various stages of reading progression always scattered around the house. One of his favorite sayings when ask to get rid of hundreds of his completed books was “he couldn’t they were his friends”. He would get excited when coming across an obscure word when reading and then use that word in a conversation with people just to get their reaction while not letting on to his private joke, he used to say life would be so dull if you couldn’t find a way to amuse yourself. It was always a good laugh when people would finally catch on to his little game(s), the irony was after the cat was out of the bag no matter whoever the person they too would start teasing him right back and ultimately enjoyed having fun interacting with him. Many friendships were formed in this way throughout his lifetime.
Dick will forever be remembered as a good husband, father and grandfather who had a zest for life and a great sense of humor. Survived by his wife Dottie, his three children, Mike (Tiffany), Rick (Kim) and Kathy Hazelwood (Jim) and grandchildren Ryan Hazelwood, Alicia Kelly, Andrea Connell, Hayden, Devyn, Leyton Dunn and great grandchildren Avery Kelly, Austin and Adelyn Hazelwood, and Rory Connell.
Services will be held at 10 AM, Friday, October 25th at the St. Martha’s Catholic Church in Murrieta, CA.
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