Thomas G. Dunn

San Francisco Chronicle - - LIFE TRIBUTES -

The grand­son of a gold miner, the son of a fire­man, and a fourth gen­er­a­tion San Fran­cis­can, Thomas “Homerun” Dunn cir­cled the bases for the last time on Septem­ber 12, 2017.

Thomas Ge­orge Dunn was born on De­cem­ber 11, 1946, and is sur­vived by his de­voted wife of 45 years, Laura, and his lov­ing chil­dren, Ryan (Julie) Dunn and Emily Dunn; four ador­ing grand­chil­dren, Dy­lan, Molly, Emer­son and Cole; along with his sib­lings Kathy (Robert) Lindsey, Robert Dunn, Joan Dunn; in-laws, Alice Fathy and Linda and Michael De­lagnes; and many cousins, nieces, and neph­ews. Tom’s liveli­hood spanned two ca­reers: first, as a San Fran­cisco Fire­fighter, and se­cond, as a trial at­tor­ney who was a proud mem­ber of ABOTA.

To those of you who knew Tom, it would not sur­prise you that he wrote the fol­low­ing in an­tic­i­pa­tion of this day:

I wish I could be here to read this but, ap­par­ently, God had other plans for me.

First of all, I’d like to say that I died a happy man! I had a great wife, two ter­rific chil­dren, a won­der­ful daugh­ter–in-law and four of the best grand­chil­dren any­one could be blessed with, all of whom con­trib­uted to my hap­pi­ness. Toss in some great friends and a num­ber of un­par­al­leled life ex­pe­ri­ences which all helped me lead a joy­ful and event­ful life.

I also feel lucky to be able to write my own obit­u­ary. Re­ly­ing on some­one else to do so may have led to some mis­takes!

I was a good boy grow­ing up, but then started down a path that was go­ing to lead to a poor re­sult. Vol­un­teer­ing for the Draft and serv­ing in the Army re­fo­cused me, meet­ing and mar­ry­ing Laura gave me di­rec­tion, and hav­ing chil­dren made me a bet­ter man than I may have ever been.

My life was rich with ad­ven­ture. I trav­eled the world, walk­ing the plains of the Serengeti; climbing Machu Pichu; ex­plor­ing King Tut’s tomb; hik­ing the Great Wall of China; raft­ing the Zam­bezi River; and, at the age of 21, rid­ing the Trans-Siberian Rail­road.

I’ve lived with can­cer for 9 years.

Though I may not be here in your pres­ence I will be in your hearts and minds as long as you will have me. One last thought be­fore I bid you a fond farewell,

never give up… never give up… never give up!

The funeral mass will be held at St. Bren­dan’s Church on Mon­day, Septem­ber 18, 2017, at 10:30 a.m. Re­cep­tion to fol­low. Any do­na­tions may be made in Tom’s name to the St. Ig­natius Col­lege Prep Base­ball Pro­gram, www.siprep.org/ me­mo­rial. www.hal­st­ed­ngray.com

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