William R. Dunn

Loving father, engineer, Dodgers fan

William R. Dunn, a resident of Claremont Manor Retirement Community in Claremont, died on Wednesday, April 30, 2014. He was 86.

Mr. Dunn had lived at Claremont Manor for one year. He shared a cottage with Robert Stillwell, his longtime partner of more than 40 years.

Before moving into the retirement community, Mr. Dunn, his wife Gail Dunn and Mr. Stillwell lived in Upland and before that, they resided in Manhattan Beach.

Mr. Dunn was born in Hilo, Hawaii on February 22, 1928 to Herbert and Lois Dunn. He lived in Hawaii until age 17 and then moved to Seattle, Washington. Mr. Dunn earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Seattle University and worked for a variety of corporations over his long career, including the Boeing Company in Seattle, Honeywell in southern California and PneuDraulics, Inc. in Rancho Cucamonga.

In his free time, Mr. Dunn loved playing piano, swimming, playing tennis, building high-fidelity electronics equipment and working on cars. He was also a fan of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

In addition to Mr. Stillwell, Mr. Dunn is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Paul and Barbara Dunn of San Francisco; by his granddaughter, Alaina Dunn of Highland, California; by his sister and brother-in-law, Marilyn and Tom Beach of Seattle; and by their children, Cheryl Gleason of Austin, Texas and Tyler Beach and his wife Julie Beach of Seattle.

Mr. Dunn was preceded in death by his wife, Gail Dunn; by his father, Herbert Dunn; by his mother Lois Dunn Brandon and stepfather Donald Brandon; by his brother-in-law, Elihu “Bud” Hurwitz; by his nephew Tim Beach, and his step-mothers, Doris Dunn and Helen Dunn.  


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