CRYSTAL LAKE – Dunn Mizell, 49, of Crystal Lake passed away in his home Sunday, April 14, 2013.|
He was born Feb. 25, 1964, at Mildenhall Air Force Base in Suffolk, England, and lived most of his life in Crystal Lake.
He was a member of the first graduating class that attended Crystal Lake South High School for all four years in 1982. He graduated from the University of Illinois with a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering and then began in earnest to pursue one of his passions, flying. Those who know the commercial airline business are aware that it is not an easy path, but Dunn persevered, ultimately becoming an A-320 captain with United Airlines.
Dunn pursued everything with passion. He was the catcher on the 1976 Little League team (coached by his father) that won the city championship in an undefeated season. Dunn was a natural with a shotgun, much to the envy of his brother. Dunn was an avid PC gamer and spent many hours playing Age of Empires with the kids. He loved spending time in Mexico with his wife and family. When he passed away, he was working on his third novel – an action novel, of course.
Dunn is survived by his wife, Michelle (Shelly) Mizell; children, Dunn, Kinch and Roth; stepchildren, Jarod, Kaiti and Emily; his parents, Chess and Patsy Mizell; and his brothers, Chess and Lee Mizell, and their families. He is also survived by many aunts, uncles and cousins. Dunn was always great company and had many lifelong friends.
Dunn loved his children fiercely and was always there when they needed anything. He was their rock. He will never be forgotten.
The visitation will be from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 19, at Davenport Family Funeral Home, 419 E. Terra Cotta Ave. (Route 176), Crystal Lake. A memorial service will follow the visitation at 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
The family has requested that memorial donations be made to a fund being established for the education of Dunn's children.
Online condolences may be sent to his family at www.davenportfamily.com.
For information, call the funeral home at 815-459-3411.
Published in the Northwest Herald on Apr. 18, 2013