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Joel Sherman Dunn ~ July 21, 1956 Jan. 26, 2013

Posted: Tuesday, Feb 5th, 2013

Joel Sherman Dunn, 78, of Montpelier, Idaho, passed away on Saturday, Jan. 26, at the Bear Lake Memorial Hospital in Montpelier.

Joel was born on April 3, 1934, in Montpelier, the eldest son of Sherman Roberts and Helen Dayton Dunn.

He was raised in Montpelier and graduated from Montpelier High School.

In 1952 he joined the U.S. Navy and served during the Korean Conflict and was stationed in Hawaii and Japan.

Joel married Maureen Westerberg on July 21, 1956, in Grace, Idaho. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Logan LDS Temple.

He worked for the Union Pacific Railroad for 32 years and retired in 1996.

Joel was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He served as the executive secretary to the Bishop in the Montpelier fifth ward, and in the Sunday School Presidency in the Montpelier fourth ward. He was active in the High Priest Quorum and also held various other calling throughout his life.

He had a strong love and testimony of the Gospel and was a faithful member of the church. He had a deep love for his family and enjoyed spending time with his wife, daughters, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Joel loved the outdoors and enjoyed hunting and fishing. He liked to sketch and was an artist. He also enjoyed walking and caring for his yard.

He is survived by his wife, Maureen Dunn of Montpelier; daughters Susan (Robert) Cory of Cokeville, and Janet (Craig) Kawamura of Boise, Idaho; and 10 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by two brothers, Robert (Kay) Dunn of Montpelier, and Donald (Abby) Grunig of Preston, Idaho, and three sisters, Shannon (Ronald) Grunig of Nampa, Idaho, Julie (Mark) Whitaker of Montpelier, and Jolene (Ron) Law of Meridian, Idaho.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Sherman Roberts Dunn, Helen Dayton Grunig and stepfather Jack D. Grunig.

Services were held on Saturday, Feb. 2, at the Montpelier Fourth Ward Chapel. Burial was at Cleveland Cemetery.

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