Jerry and Edith Dunn

Jerry and Edith Dunn both passed away October 3rd, 2013 of causes incident to age. They were surrounded by family members in their Spanish Fork home and died within hours of each other.

As Edith’s health deteriorated in recent years, Jerry’s daily devotion of caring for her was the focus of all his energy until hers was spent and his depleted.

Our natural tendency has always been to think of them as a team.  To say “Jerry and Edith” seems almost more natural than to speak of them separately.  And so it is as fitting as it is remarkable that as they lived life together, so should they move on together.

Jerry was born January 2, 1931 to LeRoy Fitzgerald Dunn and Pearl Webb Dunn in Mammoth, Utah.  He was a veteran of both the Korean and Vietnam Nam wars.  He worked for many years for the U.S. Army Reserve and later for the U.S. Postal Service.  He was a strong contributor to the Spanish Fork Junior Athletic Program serving as a coach, umpire and in many other capacities.

Edith was born November 14, 1931 to Edward Ray Huntington and Otelia Nielson Huntington in Palmyra, Utah.  She worked at Safeway stores for many years.  She devoted her time to her family and to others with countless acts of kindness and service.

They were married June 7, 1950 in the Manti Temple and served in many different capacities as faithful members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

Neither enjoyed the limelight, both preferring to quietly go about making a difference as they observed the everyday needs that arose in the lives of family, neighbors and friends. With them, words were few – “doing” was what mattered most.

Their lives of quiet service, goodness, integrity, reliability and hard work are to all of us both a priceless memory and an enduring example.

They are survived by their son, Donald W. Dunn (Lisa), and daughter, Deanna Dunn Golden (David), seven grandchildren and fourteen great-grand children.

Jerry is further survived by his brother, James Dunn, and sister, Rosalie Johnson.

Edith is further survived her brother, Glen Huntington.

The family would like to thank all those at the DaVita Dialysis Center in Provo, Utah, especially Matt and Holly, for their many years of loving care and kindness,

A graveside service will be held at the Spanish Fork Cemetery, 420 South 400 East, Spanish Fork, Utah on Friday, October 4th at 3:00 p.m. to honor and remember them.

 

 

 

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  1. Max & Gay Wallentine

    Dear Donnie,

    We will miss your father’s regular trips to the temple and his friendly hello each time we saw him. We know it is difficult to lose a parent and two is no easier. They were obviously good people who deserved to go together. Would that all could go at the same time. We extend our sympathy to you and the family. We appreciate all you do for us and for Jeff. It is good to have a faithful friend and co-worker. Best wishes and the Lord’s blessings of comfort be with you.

    Max & Gay Wallentine

  2. Nadene Hinkins

    Dear Don and Deanna,
    I have never met either of you, but I have to tell you of the positive impact your parents have had on me. I met your father while walking the halls of the treatment center in Provo. My mother was having radiation treatments at the time and your dad would walk while your mom had her treatments. I didn’t get the pleasure of meeting your mom because she was always in her treatments while I was there, but I could tell immediately what a special couple they were, and I was so impressed by their commitment and devotion to each other. Your father was always so positive and talked about his temple day each week. I gave him a card when my mom finished her treatments to let him know what a great example he was to me in such a short time. My husband & I have always had a pack about dying together. I always tell him when they come for him to say that if it’s his time to go he will have to come back and get me first or the other way around.:) He emailed me the article about your parents in the Deseret News because of the way we have talked about dying the same way. As I started reading the article, I realized it was about “my friend” Jerry that I met at the treatment center. I’m so grateful for good people like your parents and their wonderful example to all of us on loving each other and enduring to the end. I am so sorry for your loss, but also so happy for them to continue their journey together. God bless you with peace and a great measure of His love at this time. Sincerely, Nadene Hinkins

  3. Tom Etzel

    Donnie and Deanna:

    On behalf of my mother,brother,sister and myself, we send our condolences on the passing of your parents. We were unaware of their passing until last night when I saw the KSL story.

    I know “Jerry and Edith” were always very good friends that mom and dad always felt close to over the years although they didn’t see much of each other over the past years because of the Price -Spanish Fork disantce and the aging process.

    I believe our fathers had a special connection as they both worked for the postal service and the many years they spent together in the army and I believe that connection has always existed throughout our family going back to days in Ft. Leonard Wood.

    Hopefully, you will carry great memories at this time and again, so sorry for your loss.

    Tom Etzel

    Just as an fyi, my mother is doing well and still in Price although my dad passed about seven years ago.

  4. Kris Wisdom

    What a bittersweet ending for these two wonderful people. It must be very hard to lose both parents in one day and my heart goes out to you Donnie, and Deanna.
    I enjoyed being around both your parents. They always made me feel very welcome.

    Kris Jarvis Wisdom

  5. Larry and Sharon Creer

    What a wonderful end to such a fantastic couple. The joy for them that they were not to be separated for long.
    We know it will be hard for those of you that are left behind but hope that you can find joy in the knowledge that this is but a short time. They shall await your return while working together as always.
    I enjoyed knowing them and seeing the good that they did. Please accept our condolence and sympathy.

  6. Ladd Timpson

    Dear Dunn Family,

    I’m saddened by the loss of your wonderful parents and offer my sincere condolences. While I know you will mourn their loss, I know you rejoice that they are together in their passing just as they always were in life. It is so true that you could never think of one without the other. It indeed was always Jerry and Edith. They were great neighbors and I’ll always have fond memories of being in their home growing up across the street.

    May the Lord bless you in your grieving and may your souls be comforted.

    Sincerely,
    Ladd Timpson

  7. Jean Hoff

    To the Dunn Family,So sorry for your loss Jerry and Edith were such wonderful people and I knew them because Jerry and my husband worked together at the reserve center in Pleasant Grove,my husband was Lyn Hoff. When my husband passed away Jerry and Edith were one of the first I heard from,so very sorry again for your loss.

  8. Marianna Adams

    Dear Dunn Family,

    My husband Kelly and I bought the house I grew up in, so Jerry and Edith watched me grow up right next door and have a family of my own. They were always kind to me and made an effort to be good neighbors, even when we were not easy to live next to. These two were a great example of living together in love. Not just with each other, but with our community as well.

    I will always remember Jerry mowing and watering his lawn. He would call or come to the door to make sure we had a chance to move the car before the water came on because “you never know which way the wind will blow”. He referred to himself as “your pesky neighbor”, but he wasn’t pesky at all! He was delightful.

    Before Edith was so ill I was able to visit with her from time to time. She showed genuine interest in me and my children. She was kind and thoughtful of each of us.

    When we finally get a lawn planted in our front yard, I think we will call it the Jerry and Edith Dunn Memorial Lawn. I’m pretty sure Jerry would like that. And I’ll plant garden tomatoes for Edith because she loved them so much.

    Our family sends lots of love and condolences for your loss. We will always love and remember Jerry and Edith.

    Love,
    Marianna and Kelly Adams Family