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1951 - 2013 Obituary Condolences
John Gunst III Obituary
John H. Gunst, III Nov. 4, 1951 ~ Oct. 18, 2013 Resident of Moraga, CA John (Jack) passed away peacefully on October 18, 2013 at the age of 61, with his wife at his side, after a courageous battle with cancer. He is survived by his wife of 28 years Deborah D. Gunst, mother June Gunst, sister Jill Muehlmeier (Scot) and his brother Jim Gunst, mother-in-law Dorothy H. Deming, sister-in-law Susan E. Deming, brother-in-law David R. Deming (Penny), and many nieces and nephews. Jack lived life to the fullest, and will be remembered for his contagious laugh and welcoming smile. Born November 4, 1951 in Milwaukee, WI. to June and John Gunst, Jack grew up in Brookfield, WI., graduating from Brookfield Central High. During his high school years he was very active on the swim team, was an avid golfer, and took great pleasure playing the keyboard in his band 'The Inmates'. He went on to Miami University of Oxford, Ohio, where he was active in the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity, graduating in 1974 with a degree in business. Jack maintained close friendships with many of his fraternity brothers throughout the years, celebrating the 50th anniversary of his chapter in 2007. During his college years, Jack spent a semester abroad in Luxembourg, piquing his interest for future travel. Jack and Debbie's many travels were highlighted by his infamous version of 'The Man on the Street', where behind the camera, Jack spontaneously interviewed colorful local characters in his attempted native tongue. Family and friends eagerly awaited their return to view the latest installment of their adventures. After college, he moved to Detroit, then Chicago, and finally settling in San Francisco in 1981, joining E.F. Hutton (now Morgan Stanley) as a financial advisor and remaining with the company for 31 years. A blind date in 1983 helped Jack meet his soul mate and best friend, Debbie Deming. Jack and Debbie shared many interests including gardening, entertaining and cooking. He was renowned for brewing up a storm, a fearless chef creating havoc in the kitchen, while Debbie graciously swept up his trail of mishaps. In the end, it was always a dinner party to remember. Tuesday night Bocce Ball became another tradition, where they met many new friends and shared many laughs. Jack's commitment to civic duty led to his involvement with the Moraga Lions Club, serving as president for many years. He spear-headed the annual See's Candy fundraiser, and wore the bartender hat at the Crab Feed, the Pear Festival (home of Jackie's famous Pear Mimosa), and the Fourth of July celebration. He was also a role model to many young adults, coaching them in softball and basketball. Jack will be mourned deeply by a wide circle of family, friends and colleagues, relationships he valued deeply. A memorial service to celebrate the life of Jack Gunst will be held at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in Orinda on Tuesday, November 12th at 3 PM. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the or The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, 221 Main St. Ste. 1650, San Francisco, CA 94105, John H. Gunst Memorial Fund.
Published in Contra Costa Times on Nov. 3, 2013
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