Gary James Dunlap (June 19, 1942 - October 4, 2012)

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Gary James Dunlap, born June 19, 1942, in Seattle, Washington, passed away after suffering a heart attack on the morning of October 4, 2012.

Gary graduated from Roosevelt High School in Seattle and entered the University of Washington on an ROTC scholarship. He was always fascinated by flight, and he dreamed of becoming a pilot.

In 1964, Gary graduated with a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering. He was proud to enter the U.S. Air Force as a lieutenant and serve as a navigator with a B-66 squadron in Vietnam. He earned his private pilot's license and enjoyed participating in a flight club when stationed in Europe.

While abroad, he earned a Master of Science in systems management from the University of Southern California. In 1972, shortly before he was honorably discharged as a captain, he met his wife-to-be while skiing in Switzerland.

Marianne and Gary were married in Füllinsdorf, Switzerland, on February 22, 1974, and made their first home in Renton, Washington.

The Boeing Company was his lifelong employer. He worked as a flight school ground instructor and a training manual author and editor.

He was a very loving father and actively supported his daughter's and son's involvement in sports, music and school. He enjoyed jogging, sailing, blues music and camping with his family, as well as frequent trips to Switzerland to visit family.

In 1985, he and Marianne moved their family to the Port Townsend. area. They joined Calvary Community Church, where Gary served as an elder and made many close friendships.

In 2006, Gary and his wife moved to Sequim to enjoy their retirement near the mountains. Sequim Bible Church became their new church home, and he served as an elder there from 2007 until his death. He was an active teacher and participant in various men's groups, Bible studies and a small group.

In 2010, Gary and Marianne took a long-hoped-for road trip: They bought a small motor home and drove the circumference of the United States. This fall, Gary and his wife took another motor home trip to Chicago to visit their much-anticipated first grandchild, Lucy. After a wonderful time with his son's family, he turned back west with Marianne to return to the part of the country he had always loved best.

He was preceded in death by his parents, James Monroe Dunlap and Wanda M. Christiansen.

He is survived by his wife, Marianne; his children, Simone and Aron (wife Pauline); his granddaughter, Lucy; and his brother, Darrell (wife Patty).

A memorial service will be held at the Marlatt Funeral Home, 713 Central Avenue North in Kent, on Friday, October 12, at 10:30 a.m. He will be buried with military honors at Tahoma National Cemetery, 18600 Southeast 240th Street, Kent.
Published in The Peninsula Daily News on Oct. 11, 2012
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