The Free Press, Mankato, MN


August 14, 2013

David A. Dunlop

— David A. Dunlop

  David Adams Dunlop, age 83, died Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at his home. A Celebration of David's Life will take place at 11:00 a.m., Friday, August 16, 2013 at Centenary United Methodist Church in Mankato with a time of fellowship following the service at the Mankato Golf Club.  Visitation will be held from 4:00 -6:00 p.m., (TODAY) Thursday, August 15 at the Northview - North Mankato Mortuary, 2060 Commerce Drive, North Mankato, MN. Interment will take place at a later date in Woodland Hills Memorial Park, Mankato.

 David Adams Dunlop was born September 19, 1929 to Edmund and Mary (Adams) Dunlop in Mason City, Iowa, the oldest of three boys: David, John and James.  At one point, their mother recalled they drank nearly six gallons of milk every three days.  It was a habit he wouldn't break even as adult.  He attended school in Mason City until 1944 when his family moved to Mankato, MN.  He spent his sophomore and junior years at Mankato High School, and his senior year at Kemper Military School in Missouri where he graduated.  He attended Grinnell College in Iowa and graduated in 1951 with a degree in finance and economics. David then joined the US Air Force in the summer of 1951 where his job detail was working in the finance office and playing basketball.

 David's love of basketball began at an early age, constantly practicing and shooting hoops at his home on the basketball hoop on the garage behind his house and at the YMCA.  As a sophomore at Mankato High he was cut from the basketball team and instead played with the YMCA-Comets.  David didn't let that discourage him, he enrolled as a senior at Kemper Military School and made the first team in basketball and became their leading scorer.  He started for the Grinnell College basketball team as a sophomore and led the team in scoring for the next three years.  By the time David left Grinnell, he was the school's leading scorer.  He led the Midwest Conference in scoring his senior year and earned the honor of Little All American in basketball and football, and took 4th place in the conference in wrestling as a senior.  As a senior, he was voted Honorable Mention in Collier All-American Selection.  He was invited to the New York Knicks and Syracuse Nationals (currently the Philadelphia 76'ers) training camps in 1955 but declined.  David was inducted into the Grinnell College Hall of Fame for basketball in 1995, in its inaugural year.  While in the service at Eielson Air Force Base, he was named MVP in the Alaskan Armed Forces 1953-1954 season.  His team won the Alaskan Air Force tournament going to Cape Canaveral (Kennedy) where he was named to the All-Tournament Team for the World Wide Air Force Tournament.  In later years, his love of basketball was replaced by a passion for golf.  He played as many as three times a week in retirement and enjoyed the competition and camaraderie of his Mankato Golf Club and Sun Lakes golf group.  He won the Mankato Golf Club Senior Championship two times.

 He married Donna Johnson of North Mankato on August 9, 1952 in Fairbanks, Alaska at the Eielson Air Force base chapel because he couldnt wait the three more years it would take until he was discharged in 1955. They were indeed the loves of each other lives throughout their 61 years of marriage building a wonderful extended family of kids and grandkids.

 David and Donna were blessed with three wonderful kids-Michael, Julie and John whom he loved greatly and who loved him greatly.  He would almost never miss a swim meet of Michael's, a gymnastics meet of Julie's or a tennis meet or basketball game of John's.  He was their biggest supporter, offering encouragement and advice. David's love for family and support of them continued with his grandchildren where he and Donna would travel miles to see their events, games and performances.  David and the family would spend many summers at their cabin on Lake Washington or at David's ancestral cottage on Torch Lake in northern Michigan.  It would become a place where many generations of David's family would connect and where deep roots of family were planted.  He instilled in his children and grandchildren a deep love for Torch Lake, as well as, a love for campfire s'mores (or maybe just Hershey's chocolate bars).

 Together with his brother John, David purchased Dunlop Meat Products plant from their father on March 1, 1965. He worked at the plant beginning in 1944 and ran it successfully until 1985 when they sold the business to a larger meat-processing corporation.  Together, they also purchased High Peaks, a water softening/conditioning plant in Phoenix, Arizona in 1972, which after 50 years is still owned and run by family today.

 David was committed to giving back and became very involved in the Mankato community donating his money and time for many service and community organizations.  He served on the Board of Directors of the Mankato Jaycees, First Federal Savings and Loan of Mankato, Mankato YMCA, Mankato Chamber of Commerce, AMDEVCO, Spearhead Industries, Kiwanis Club, Mankato Golf Club and various committees at Centenary United Methodist Church where he was a member for more than 40 years.  He was a lifelong member of the Methodist church and eventually joined Sun Lakes Methodist Church in Sun Lakes, Arizona when he retired.

 He was a man that will be remembered for his integrity, quiet dignity, sincerity and generosity.  All qualities he learned from his father and mother and qualities he passed on to his children and grandchildren in his understated way.   There is much sadness for his family, numerous nieces and nephews, cousins and friends who knew David but there is also a celebration of a rich, wonderful, faith-filled life.  His kids will remember that their father didnt tell them how to live; he lived and let them watch him do it.

 David is survived by his wife of 61 years, Donna; sons, Michael (Peggy) Dunlop of Alden, MI, and John (Julie) Dunlop of Woodland Hills, CA; daughter, Julie (Jeffrey) Dunlop Gednalske of Sioux Falls, SD: 5 grandchildren, Christina and Jonathon Gednalske, Decker, Jack and Ava Dunlop; 2 brothers and their wives, John L. Dunlop (Matilda) of Phoenix, AZ and James (Judy) Dunlop of Northfield, MN; and many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. David was preceded in death by his parents, Edmund and Mary Dunlop.

 In lieu of flowers, the family prefers that memorials be made in David's name to Centenary United Methodist Church in Mankato, MN; the YMCA of Mankato, MN and Hospice of the Valley, P.O. Box 3746, Mankato, MN.



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