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Obituary: Bruce Dunn

Bruce moved to Enterprise 32 years ago.

Published on August 29, 2018 8:49AM


Bruce Dunn

Nov. 6, 1943 –– Aug. 21, 2018

Wallowa County Commissioner-elect Bruce Henry Dunn was born in Detroit, Mich., to Earle George and Helen Lorraine Lindhurst Dunn.

The family later moved west. Bruce had lived in Ashton, St. Anthony, Idaho City, New Meadows and McCall in Idaho before coming to Enterprise 32 years ago.

He earned a bachelor of science degree in forest management from Michigan Technological University and certification as a logging system specialist with Oregon State University.

He also had earned a silvacultural certification from Utah State University and had completed studies at the graduate level.

He spent 32 years as a forester for R-Y Timber and had worked for the U.S. Forest Service and spent a number of years in private industry.

Bruce was actively involved in the community and earned the “Unsung Hero” Award from the Wallowa County Chamber of Commerce, which also honored him for his civic leadership and his work in agricultural timber. He also received the President’s Award twice. He also received the Oregon State University Extension Cooperator Award.

He served on the Wallowa County Planning Commission, Wallowa County Economic Development Committee, Wallowa County Winter Recreation Committee, Wallowa County Small Woodland Committee, U.S. Forest Service Fire Overhead and Citizens Group, Wallowa County Natural Resources Advisory Committee, Wallowa County Nez Perce Tribe Salmon Habitat Recovery Plan TMDL Committee and the Agriculture Water Quality Committee.

He had been a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows for almost 50 years.

He enjoyed leather braiding and other leatherwork, but his favorite pastime was being out in the woods. He enjoyed bowling, target shooting, Detroit Lions football and Detroit Red Wings hockey. He loved to play solitaire and read. He was involved in ROTC during his college years.

Bruce married Jane Elizabeth Robinson April 15, 1978, in Medford, Ore., who survives him. He is also survived by his mother-in-law, Annella Robinson, of Enterprise.

His mother and father preceded him in death.

An Irish wake and celebration of life is 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 31 at Cloverleaf Hall in Enterprise. Barbecue pork and libations will be provided and side dishes are welcome, along with stories to share.

A scholarship fund has been established in Bruce’s name for students studying natural resources. Donations can be made to Wallowa Resources, 401 NE 1st St. Suite A, Enterprise, OR 97828.

Bollman Funeral Home of Enterprise was entrusted with arrangements.



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