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In Memory

David Dunkley

David Leonard Dunkley

1960 ~ 2013

The family of David Leonard Dunkley expresses appreciation and love for a respected husband, caring father and grandfather. After a courageous battle with cancer, David passed away on January 13, 2013 surrounded by his loving family.

David was born in Provo, Utah, to Donald K. Dunkley and Betty Josephine Smith on April 16, 1960. He grew up with one sister, Lori Perkins (Ramon B.) Morgan. He also enjoyed his association with his uncle J. Paul (Johanna) Smith.

David's growing up years were spent in Provo and Duchesne, Utah. He attended Provo and Timpview High Schools, where he was a member of the first graduating class. He also attended Brigham Young University. David served an honorable mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. David married Terri Jean Thiel on December 17, 1983. The marriage was later solemnized in the Salt Lake Temple. They are the parents of three children: Brandi Lynn (Nathan) Palmer, Jonathan Don (Adrienne) Dunkley, and Justin Ray Dunkley; and grandparents of two grandchildren, Camri Lynn and Sawyer Kim.

After having grown up with a love of all construction machinery, David worked as a heavy equipment operator in the excavation industry. As a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, David served in many positions, including Bishop for several years. David grew up loving to watch and play baseball, and was a member of the Timpview High State Championship Baseball team. Another of Dave's passions was his drum set! He kept the beat for numerous bands, including his favorite, "Flight". David's greatest joy, however, was found in serving others. Because of his incredible love for people, he will be remembered by so many angel friends. Thanks to all of you.

Heartfelt thanks to Maple Creek Home Health and Hospice, especially to our sweet caregiver, Carma Karsten, as well as dear friends and neighbors who have made our journey a beautiful one.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, January 22, 2013 at the Provo East Stake Center, 667 North 600 East, Provo, Utah. Friends may call at the Berg Mortuary of Provo, 185 East Center Street, Monday evening from 6 until 8 and at the church Tuesday from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. prior to services. Interment, Provo City Cemetery. Condolences may be emailed toinfo@bergmortuary.com.

Flight, with Dave Dunkley on drums in 1976



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01/18/13 04:53 PM #1    

Karen Ferre (Hall)

Dave is such a wonderful person.  He always made me feel good about myself and as a shy high schooler that was so appreciated. 

01/21/13 07:10 PM #2    

Karen White (Quigley)

My twin sister, Kim White Frank, and I moved from Northern California when we were juniors and met Dave at PHS. Feeling pretty lost and trying to find a place at our new school, Dave always had a way of making Kim and I feel we had a friend in him. He was always flirting/joking around in his own, 'Dave' kind of way, and we thought he was the greatest guy. What a nice guy! And how fun he was! Even though we didn't know him long or well, we both have fond memories of Dave, and look back on him as a "bright spot" for each of us, in a hard, high-school, fittinig-in, finding-your-place, kind of world. What a fun personality he had, and how glad I am that he had a part in my life. My prayers for his sweet family during this difficult time. I hope faith and Heavenly Father's Comforter see you all through.
Karen White Quigley
Richland Washington

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