Leslie Smith Dunn, Jr
January 28, 1926 ~ February 27, 2015
Viewings: Friday, 6 March 2015 from 6:00-8:00 P.M. at Gillies Funeral Chapel, 634 East 200 South, Brigham City, Utah and 9:30-10:30 A.M. prior to the services at the Brigham City Fifth Ward, 815 West 400 South, Brigham City, Utah
Funeral Services: Saturday, 7 March 2015 at 11:00 A.M. at the Brigham City Fifth Ward, 815 West 400 South, Brigham City, Utah
Interment: Brigham City Cemetery, 300 East 300 South
Leslie Smith Dunn, Jr, passed away peacefully at his home in Brigham City, Utah, on 27 February 2015, surrounded by three generations of his descendants. Les was the last surviving member of the original Senior Swingers, with whom he loved playing his trumpet and harmonizing vocally. Les was born in Logan, Utah, on 28 January 1926, to Leslie Smith Dunn Sr. and Annie Mitton, the second of six children. Les and Marion Eskelsen were married in Logan, Utah at the LDS Temple on the first anniversary of D-Day, 6 June 1945, while Les was on a 3-day pass from his duties with the US Army Air Corps. Les attended school in Logan, Utah, graduating from Logan High School in 1944. He continued his education at Utah State Agricultural College (now Utah State University), earning his Bachelor of Science (BS) and his Masters of Science (MS) shortly thereafter. He furthered his education earning advanced degrees with an Educator's Specialist (EdS) at the University of Utah, and a Doctoral of Education (EdD) at Brigham Young University. He also went to Flint, Michigan where he received training as a Community Education Specialist. Les achieved the rank of PFC during his two years of military service. He mustered out in 1946, after receiving training, first as an aviation cadet until the program was closed down. He then trained as a B-17 ball turret gunner. He received his orders for the European Theater which were cancelled by VE Day. He was then assigned to Arizona for the planned invasion of the home islands of Japan, but that invasion never happened. Les worked as a city recreation director, high school teacher, and athletics coach for twenty-one years, teaching math, physiology, drivers and physical education. He coached football, swimming, track, and basketball at Lava Hot Springs High School, Idaho; Fort Bragg High School, California; John Swett High School in Crocket, California; and Box Elder High School in Brigham City, Utah. He also coached football at Sierra College in Auburn, California and at USU, where he coached freshmen football, consulted with USU's varsity special teams, and varsity swimming. Les was awarded Century Club honors in coaching, representing more than one hundred victories in each of football, swimming and track. For football he was inducted into The Utah Coaches Hall of Fame and awarded the honor of Distinguished High School Coaches in 1987. Les retired from coaching in 1971, when he was hired as a district administrator by the Box Elder School District. He developed and ran Adult and Community Education, Parent-Teacher-Child Tutorial Program, Meals-on-Wheels, and the Outreach Program for adults. He retired from Box Elder School District in 1986. Les and his wife, Marion, served an LDS mission in the Independence/Omaha Missions from 1992 through 1993. They labored in Nebraska City, Auburn, Omaha, Lincoln, and surrounding areas. He was always active and involved with community affairs in and around Brigham City. He served as a Brigham City Councilman, on the Golden Spike Board, Post Commander of the American Legion, Chairman of the Red Cross Drive, Grand Marshall for the Tremonton City Celebration, Chairman of the Golden Spike Ball, Utah State University Alumni Council, Special Olympics, International Olympiad, American Field Service, principle fund raiser for L. J. Sylvester to compete in the Japan Olympics, the selection committee for the Utah Sports Hall of Fame, president of the local chapter of the Sons of the Utah Pioneers, among others. He is survived by his bride of seventy years in June, Marion Eskelsen Dunn, his sons, Ruel Michael [Kitty], Steven E, Robert Gary [Jana], Ronald Leslie [Marcie], his daughter, Debra Jean [Dane Allred], his sisters Letitia Rae [Ralph Harding] and Ann Louise [Gary Bingham], sixteen grandchildren, sixteen great-grandchildren, and eleven step-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his son David Paul, sisters Marjorie [Asael Boyce], Mary [William Staheli], and Elaine [Melvin Staheli], grandsons Steven Jonathan Dunn, David Leslie Dunn, and Nathan Gary Dunn, and daughters-in-law Allison Anne Gates Dunn and Kim Duncan Dunn. A celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, 7 March 2015 at 11:00 A.M. at the Brigham City Fifth Ward, 815 West 400 South, Brigham City, Utah. Viewings will be held on 6 March 2015 from 6:00-8:00 P.M. at Gillies Funeral Chapel, 634 East 200 South, Brigham City, Utah and 9:30-10:30 A.M. prior to the services at the Fifth Ward. Interment will be held at the Brigham City Cemetery, 300 East 300 South, following the services, where military honors will be accorded by the Box Elder Combined Veterans Honor Guard.
I was saddened to hear the news. So sorry for your loss as a family. What an amazing, accomplished, kind and wonderful man with an amazing family. My sincere condolances and love to all of you!
RIP Coach Dunn. You were the BEST.
Our lead Trumpet has left us and joined the original group there in the Heavens. Oh! how we will all miss this great man here but what a beautiful sound is echoing through the heavens as all those wonderful musicians come together create the music that touches hearts and stirs memories. It was truly an honor to play next to Les for those years when my mother played the piano. Les remembered me from High School football days which always amazed me. He never left me without complimenting my efforts and building me as he did everyone else. When I hear taps played at a graveside I see Les there. When I hear any of the old big band numbers I can hear Les singing the lyrics to all the songs. He was truly gifted is so many areas but more than anything he was a great human being who loved people and was not afraid to say it or show it. I will miss him and look forward to the day when I can sit next to him and grove out on that blues number.We love you Les!!!
Dear Dunn Family I was saddened this morning to read of the passing of the Great Les Dunn. My father Glenn always spoke so highly of Les as a person and great Athlete, teammate and Coach. We always dreaded playing Box Elder years later when I played at Logan. Yes, they had great athletes, but they were always so well prepared and well coached. Outside those lines where Les prowled the sidelines was a great gentleman! Always warm and friendly and a credit to Utah State University, his Country and Community. I've always respected the Dunn's. For fear of skipping some of the boys, God Bless you Mike,Gary and Steve and family.
Steven G Baugh ~ Logan
I read Less obituary this morning. I am so sorry. He was a great coach and a true friend. I will miss him. My best to Les' family.
Al Fleming....Fairbanks, Ak
Please accept my sincere condolences at the loss of you husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. I admired him as a coach in football and track and as an administrator and friend. He will be missed by many.
We send our sympathy and love to you and your family. We have enjoyed the friendship we have had with you. Les was such a great man, loved his music as well. We would be there but are out of town, Love to you and your family.
Royal and Elaine Norman
I'm so very sorry to hear of Les's passing. I was honored to be a member of the Utah Sports Hall of Fame Board of Directors with him for many years, and always looked forward to his optimism and smiling face at each meeting or other event. We will miss him dearly for all the good in this world that he represented.
Coach Dunn was quite a coach. I will miss him
I was so sorry to read about Les. He was a good friend to Darwin for many years, and to me. We will miss his Christmas candy visits.
To my very dear friend Les. You were an inspiration to me and members of the Utah Sports Hall of Fame Foundation Board of Directors. We will miss you greatly.
As president of the Utah Sports Hall of Fame Foundation, I represent all the members in expressing our heart felt sympathy and condolences to the family and friends of Les Dunn. What a wonderful man! He leaves a legacy of warm friendship and caring to all who knew him. He genuinely cared about those around him. You became Les's top priority and friend as you engaged him for the first time. We will miss him terribly. His contributions to the USHOFF were enormous and appreciated. May his wonderful personality and sweet spirit linger always for all to emulate.
I played for Coach during 1961-1963 football and track. At a time when I needed a role model Coach was that person. He taught hard work. Integrity. Unity. Great memories of a very great man. All of my love.
As current president of the Utah Sports Hall of Fame Foundation, I represent all of the membership in offering our most since sympathy and condolences to the family and friends of Les. What a great man! His infectious smile and friendliness would light up a room the moment he stepped into it. You became Les's top priority and best friend the minute you engaged him...even if it were for the first time. His contributions to the USHOFF were enormous and will be greatly missed. May his legacy of friendliness and utmost caring live on with us forever. The world is certainly a better place for it. Rest in peace, my friend.
My mother, Byrnece Maughan, and I are so sorry to hear about Les passing away. He was such a good friend to my mom and dad. I thought he was the sweetest nicest person. I always love his smile and laugh. Mom can't really walk anymore but she wanted you to know how sorry she is and how much he will be missed.
On behalf of the entire staff of Brigham City Hampton Inn, we would like to express our sincere codolences for the immense loss of such a great, iconic, man in this community for many years. Les has touched many lives, sometimes without even trying or realizing it, in all the small ways he had of making everyone he met feel important. It is our hope that the memories his family, his students, and the all those lives he touched, live on and may bring peace and comfort in the difficult grieving process. Respectfully,
Guest Service Representative
Brigham City Hampton Inn
Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to Marion and family at this difficult time. We loved Les so much. He was a great example to all of us in Education. Love you, Les!
Steven and Amy Johnson
Les Dunn was a great man and a friend to our family. He was a friend and co-worker with my mother Frances Burt, a coach to my brothers, Junior and Rhees Burt, a friend to me and my family especially Robin Romer, my daughter. His influence has spanned many generations. What a wonderful man he was. I never remember him without a broad smile on his face. We will miss him.
Great men lead by instruction and example. The "Coach" was our marvelous leader. Thank you for sharing him with us. We are indebted to you and share in your grieving.