Billy Ellertson Dunn, died on Tuesday, July 21, 1998, at his home.
He was born on October 18, 1913, in Salt Lake City, Utah. He was a true American hero. Five great loves defined his life. They were; his lifelong companion, Melba Meyers, whom he married in the Salt Lake LDS Temple on June 1, 1936; his Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ; his family; his Country; and his work.He served two missions to Hawaii for the LDS Church. The first was as a young man in 1932, and the second was with his wife, Melba, at the age of 74, in 1987. He was a "haole" who mastered the native Hawaiian language. He was asked to extend his first mission to three years, in order to translate the LDS Church Sunday School manuals into native Hawaiian. These manuals were later published by the church in Honolulu, Hawaii.
He served his country valiantly with the United States Navy during World War II, leaving behind his wife and four sons. He won three distinguished medals. He was steaming towards Japan on the APA144 USS Clinton, loaded with infantry troops to invade, when the war ended at Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
He returned home to his family, and took advantage of the GI Bill of Rights, to attend the University of Utah. He obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1950. In 1951, he was awarded a Graduate degree from the School of International Affairs, at the University of Utah. He was a partner with his brothers, Robert and Dale, in Dunn Enterprises, and later became prominent in the food and distribution business in Utah and the eleven western states.
He was elected president of the California Cheese Producers Association, an honor which showed the respect he was given by his business associates, since he neither lived nor produced cheese in California. He retired from business in 1986 at 73 years of age.
He is survived by his wife, Melba; and children, Billy Meyers (and Kay B.), of Houston, TX; Garry M. (and Marian K.), of Tacoma, WA; Deborah (Mrs. Paul) Higham, of Rogers, AR; James M. (and Penny B.), Jon M. (and Susan S.) , Steven M. (and Robyn P.), of Salt Lake City, UT. He is also survived by his sister, Mitzi (Mrs. Larry) McIntosh, of Great Falls, MT; brother Dale E. (and Delma D.) of Provo, UT. He leaves 27 grandchildren and 26 great grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held Monday July 27, 1998, 10 a..m. at the Holladay 28th Ward, 2625 E. Milo Way (4910 So.), where friends may call from 6-8 p.m. Sunday evening and one hour prior to services on Monday. Interment: Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park.
He was a poet, a dreamer, a traveler, who always returned to the place he loved the most, his home.
ALOHA, A HUI HOU AKU, E MAHALO!!!
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