When reflecting on Mr. Dunn’s influence over 100 years, three key areas prominently come to light: family, philanthropy, and building. Mr. Dunn’s genuine commitment to treating others as he would want to be treated has made a bold and lasting impact on the people and communities he has served. From his strong family values and moral fortitude, to building inspired places and serving others, there is so much to be celebrated as Mr. Dunn celebrates his centennial birthday.
The Family Man
“I was so lucky to marry him.” -the late Jean Dunn
When it comes to family, Mr. Dunn’s love and devotion to his late wife, Jean, is at the heart of it all. He called her “Jean the Queen,” and they were married for 75 years before her passing in 2022. Together, they raised five sons and a daughter and built a life centered around family.
One of the family’s major life changing events was in 1967, when their only daughter, Mary Kathleen (deceased in 2007), was born with Down syndrome. Mary was very loving, and she instilled a determination for Mr. Dunn and Jean to serve others. They saw her as one of their greatest blessings.
Just as Mr. Dunn’s father had taken him under his wing, he continued that legacy within his own family. His sons, Bill Jr., Terry, Steve, Kevin, and Bob, have all carried on his legacy and contributed to the success of JE Dunn Construction and the community at large. Mr. Dunn ensured his daughter, Mary, was also involved with the family business. He would regularly take her to job sites and the office where she always insisted on her treat of a Coca-Cola.
The Dunn family, helmed by Mr. Dunn, is known for their integrity, generosity, service, and genuine concern for others. Mr. Dunn’s legacy is sure to continue, now with his 20 grandchildren and more than 40 great-grandchildren.