Bob Charles Dunn

Sept. 3, 2019

Bob Charles Dunn, aged 89, of Nacogdoches, passed away quietly in the early morning hours of September 3, 2019. 

Bob was born at home in Titus County on January 25, 1930, son of the late Emma Davis Dunn and Ophus Dunn. He graduated from Mt. Pleasant HS in 1948, served in the Air Force from 1950-54, and graduated from North Texas State University with a degree in business in 1958. He and his wife Nancy, whom he married in 1955, moved to Nacogdoches in 1959, where Nancy’s father Berl Raborn had purchased two radio stations. Bob operated radio stations KSFA AM and FM92 from 1959-89. Bob served as city commissioner of Nacogdoches for 10 years, county judge for four years, and mayor for three years. He also was the announcer for SFA football and basketball and for Nacogdoches High School football for many years.

He is survived by his wife of 64 years Nancy Raborn Dunn; by three daughters, Elizabeth Dunn of Ann Arbor, MI, Kathy Hamrick of Austin, TX, and Jennifer Key of Galveston, TX; by grandchildren Jonathan Buckman of Ann Arbor, MI; Jacob Hamrick of Brooklyn, NY; Hannah Hamrick of Austin, TX; Dillon Key of Billings, MT; Seth Key of Houston, TX, and Emma Key of Austin, TX; and by great-grandson Emory Frey Buckman of Ann Arbor, MI. He is also survived by his sister Carolyn Morris of Royce City, TX, and three nephews.

Bob was a member of Quiet Birdmen, the Nacogdoches Chamber of Commerce, the Kerr Sunday School Class of First Baptist Church, the American Legion, the VFW local chapter, and several other organizations. He served as president of the Nacogdoches Rotary and the Chamber of Commerce and served on numerous state and city boards. He also enjoyed socializing at a variety of coffee groups held at area banks.

Bob’s love for flying, especially his PT-19, led him to produce air shows in Nacogdoches and the surrounding communities for 40 years. Local residents were accustomed to seeing Bob and his yellow-and-navy PT-19 circling the city of Nacogdoches. His family lovingly remembers him for, among many things, his big laugh, mastery of the pun, sweet tooth, enjoyment of Galveston, his musicality (playing and singing country western music), and dedication to his role as grandfather and great-grandfather.

A visitation will be held at Laird Funeral Home at 2116 South St. in Nacogdoches on Saturday, September 7, 2019 from 9-11 am, with an 11 am memorial service to be officiated by Pastor Mark McLendon. Bob generously donated his remains to the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston for medical research and training. 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Legion, Hospice of East Texas, Love, Inc., or First Baptist Church of Nacogdoches.

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