Patrick Y. Dunn, 67, peacefully entered into rest on September 28, 2016 after fighting a long battle with cancer. He was born on August 28, 1949 in France.
He was a military service brat from 1949-1968. He lived in France, Germany, and the United States attending six elementary schools and three different high schools. He graduated from Killeen High School in Texas in 1968.
He attended the University of Maryland, Munich, Germany and graduated from Tennessee Technical University in Cookville, Tennessee in 1974 with a BS in Marketing. He received his commission in the United States Army as a Second Lieutenant through ROTC. He attained a Masters degree in Military Science from Command and General Staff College in 1990.
He proudly served in the United States Army for 26 years from 1970-1996, serving two years as a Private First Class and Sergeant in the Infantry.
After commissioning in 1974, he served in the signal and aviation branches of the Army. His positions included Platoon Leader, Operations Officer, Company Executive Officer, Company Commander, Battalion and Squadron Executive Officer, Battalion S3, Brigade S3, Airfield Commander, Army Aviation New Helicopters Testing Officer, and finally Battalion Commander for Army Recruiting. He retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1996.
He was senior Army instructor at the Army Navy Academy, a private boys high school in Carlsbad, California from 1996-2000. He coached and mentored young men to become better citizen leaders and role models in their communities. He mentored over 40 young men to receive ROTC or military academy scholarships. He was the Head Track and Field and Cross Country Coach leading his teams to regional and state championship competitions.
He served as the senior Army instructor at Ripon High School from 2000 to 2015. He coached the Ripon High School JROTC Drill Team to the West Coast Regional Championships in 2012 and 2013. He also coached the Ripon High School Drill Team Championships which placed tenth in 2012 and eighth in 2013. In addition, he coached Ripon High School JROTC Leadership Team to the West Coast Region Champions and attended the National Championships in Washington, D.C. in 2010. He coached the Ripon High School JROTC program to achieve Honor Unit with Distinction for 15 consecutive years from 2001 to 2015. Only 10% of JROTC programs achieve this honor.
He was the Ripon High School Head Track Coach from 2001 to 2005 and coached the team to Regional Championships in all five years.
He coached and mentored young men and women to become better citizens, leaders and role models in their communities. He mentored over 50 young men and women to receive ROTC or academy scholarships.
He annually supported community organizations such as the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Lions Club, Chamber of Commerce in many of their annual events.
He proudly gave 45 years in service to his country, community and high school students.
He leaves behind his loving wife of 32 years, Nancy Dunn, his father Clifton L. Dunn, Sr, his children Kimberly (Francisco) Dunn-Moreno, Barbara (William) Dunn-Smith, his grandchildren Kordell Lawrence, Britani Moreno, Chayton Moreno, Cooper Patrick Smith, his brothers James Dunn of Germany, Clifton L. Dunn, Jr. of Italy, and several friends. He is preceded in death by his first wife, Sandra Richardson-Dunn, his brother Robert Dunn, his mother Nicole Dunn, and grandson Xavier Moreno.
Patrick will be remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend. He will be sorely missed.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Deegan Ripon Memorial Chapel. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, October 8th at 10am at Ripon Grace, 734 West Main Street in Ripon. For condolences to the family, please visit his online guestbook at www.deeganfunealchapels.
Manteca (Calif.) Bulletin
Thursday, October 6, 2016