John Howard Brunson

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    - Jeanne Jackson
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John Howard Brunson, 88, of Bellingham, Washington, passed away on April 29, 2016 in Bellingham one day before his 89th Birthday. Arrangements are pending with Jerns Funeral Home in Bellingham with a memorial service at a future date at Fairview Cemetery, Bronte, Texas. He was born April 30, 1927 at Orient, Texas to Harvey and Edna McDonald Brunson. He grew up around the Bronte-Orient-Tennyson area and attended Lakeview High School and Harris Avenue Baptist Church after his family moved to San Angelo, Texas. He served in the United States Navy during WWII. As a young man, John lost a leg in a drilling rig accident in the West Texas Oilfields, but still persevered to work derrick on rigs in Texas and New Mexico oil fields until 1965, when with the encouragement of oldest brother, Archie, moved to Colorado to pursue a new trade as a steamfitter. While living in Montrose, Colorado, he helped build the monumental Morrow Point Dam above the Gunnison River. He later moved farther North to Washington State to ply his new trade as a steamfitter on jobs in the Ferndale and Bellingham areas and where he would eventually meet his soul mate, Lucy Wood-Trost. A hard worker, he never let physical handicaps deter him. His work ethic was unparalled. He loved Washington with it's mountains, forests, flora, fauna, and waters all in one majestic setting. An avid fisherman, he spent countless happy hours in his boat and fishing bays near his Gooseberry Point home at Bellingham. A loving father, he treasured the years spent raising his children. He loved his God, family, home, reading, gardening, and cooking; but mostly enjoyed just spending time at home with Lucy and his beloved pets. He was a member of the American Legion and belonged to Plumbers and Steamfitters Locals 145 of Grand Junction, Colorado and Local 40 of Bellingham. John is survived by his devoted wife of thirty-six years, Lucy Wood-Trost of Bellingham; and two children, son Mark Brunson, of Miles, Texas and daughter Jeanne Jackson, of San Angelo, Texas. He is also survived by Lucy's son, Scott Trost and wife Jennifer, of Lewiston, Idaho, his sister, Dora Beth Wadsworth, of Baker, Florida and six grandchildren; Bonnie Alford and husband, David, of Odessa, Texas, Jennifer Bolanos and husband, Ruben, of Roswell, New Mexico, Eric Sanders and wife Hannah, of Cordova, Alaska, Jerry Jackson of San Angelo, Texas, Dustin Brunson of Waxahachie, Texas, and Amanda Medlock of Reno, Nevada. Also surviving John are fourteen great-grandchildren; Kelan, Ashley, Brady, Kam, Haley, Vic, Joaquin, Hope, Allie, Logan, Taylor, Tambria, Sal, and Kailas; and one great-great grandchild, Lola. He was preceded in death by his parents, Harvey and Edna; son Robert Brunson, brothers Archie, WK, Weldon, and Billy Brunson and sisters Leona Fraker, Dorothy Aucoin, Elma Lee Lewis, Louise Lalonde; and granddaughter, Julie Richardson. Due to John's great love of animals, the family suggests that in lieu of flowers, he would be pleased with contributions to animal rescues such as SPOT (Saving Pets One at a Time), or Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, Kenab, Utah. A Memorial Service will be held at a later date. Please check back for updated service information. Please sign the Book of Memories, light a candle and leave your condolences for the family at
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Bellingham, WA 98225
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Published in Bellingham Herald on May 15, 2016
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