Charles Alan "Chuck" Dunn

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CHARLES ”CHUCK” ALAN DUNN
June 14, 1944 ˜ October 10, 2018

Charles ”Chuck” Alan Dunn, passed away peacefully at his Brush Prairie, WA home on October 10, 2018. He was born June 14, 1944, in Moscow, Idaho, to Carl G. and Lois I. (Dey) Dunn. Chuck was raised in Twin Falls, Idaho, attending Washington Elementary and Twin Falls Junior High before graduating from Twin Falls High School in 1962. He attended Idaho State College until the summer of 1965 then transferred to the University of Idaho where he graduated in 1967.
Chuck met Linda Welker when they were both nine years old, and they married twelve years later on December 19, 1965, at the Christian Church in Spokane, Washington. They had two sons, Carl A. Dunn (1971) and Michael R. Dunn (1973).
While in college, Chuck completed ROTC training. Upon graduation, he reported to the US Army, Fort Lewis, Washington, for ROTC basic training. He then worked at a Chevrolet dealership in Spokane for one year until he was commissioned as a First Lieutenant in June 1969. Artillery training at Fort Sill, Oklahoma followed until he was sent to Vietnam in early 1970. After serving a one-year tour of duty, he returned to Fort Lewis where he was discharged in June 1972, at the rank of Captain.
Chuck worked at the Washington Department of Fisheries in Olympia, Washington, from the fall of 1972 until January 1980. He then transferred to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, working eight years in Olympia, four years in Washington D.C., and thirteen years out of the Portland, Oregon, office. While in D.C., the family lived in Reston, Virginia. When they returned to the Northwest, they settled in Hazel Dell, Washington. Chuck retired in 2005.
Chuck and Linda attended Memorial Lutheran Church in Vancouver, WA where they served in a number of positions. They were also on the local Marriage Team.
In 2009, Linda was diagnosed with stomach cancer and died on October 2, 2011, just short of their 46th wedding anniversary.
Chuck’s lifelong hobbies included woodworking, fly fishing (catch and release), handball, racquetball, tennis, cooking, camping, and working on computer jigsaw puzzles, while his love of the outdoors had him exploring mountains, rivers, meadows, lakes, and oceans (especially the ones with rocky shores and big waves.) He was also a handy-man who loved fixing things.
After Linda’s death, Chuck joined the YWCA program, which allowed him to volunteer as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA), working with children and their families from 2012 to 2013.
On September 4, 2013, Chuck met Jane Clark. Her husband of 46 years, Don, had also died of cancer two years earlier. Chuck and Jane were married November 29, 2013, at the Battle Ground Baptist Church, and continued as active members. In September 2017, Chuck and others from the church joined the Franklin Graham Samaritan’s Purse Organization and went to Houston, Texas, to help those whose homes were devastated by Hurricane Harvey.
While married just short of five years, Chuck and Jane embraced their fun and love-filled time together, enjoying every day on the Family Farm and taking on activities like camping, traveling, fishing, paragliding, and zip-lining, as well as entertaining family and friends.
Survivors include his wife, Jane; brother, Donald (Linda) Dunn; half-sisters, Debra (Ted) Kollecker and Tawna (Tom) Noftzger; sons, Carl (Tammy) and Mike Dunn; step-children, Brad (Susan) Clark and Donnelle (Bryan) Rodriguez; step-brothers, David (Evelyn) and Bill (Karen) Ghan; step-sisters, Jeanne (Paul) Morrow and Donna Fuller; grandchildren, Caleb (Jordan) Dunn, Cierra (Dennis) McCord, Hunter, Taryn, and Hayden Dunn; step-grandchildren, Jarred, Connor and Amanda Rodriguez and many other beloved cousins, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends who will miss him dearly.
A memorial service will be held at Battle Ground Baptist Church on Sat., Oct. 13,2018, at 1 p.m. Interment will be at Evergreen Memorial Gardens, Vancouver, WA.
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Published in The Columbian on Oct. 12, 2018