The Union Democrat

John P. Dunlap


1937 — 2021

Longtime Tuolumne resident John P. Dunlap passed away on Nov. 14, 2021, at 83 years old. He was born Dec. 28, 1937, to C. Palmer Dunlap and Marie Antonia Tomandl. In 1955, he joined the U.S. Navy in Omaha, Nebraska, and worked as a jet mechanic. He was stationed in the Bay Area where he met and married Patricia, his wife of 62 years.

They moved to Tuolumne in 1966, where John built the Dunlap family home and property. He began Dunlap Plumbing and has served Tuolumne, Twain Harte, and the surroundin­g communitie­s since 1968. The family business continues with his son, Daniel. John served for years on the Summervill­e Elementary School Board while his six children attended school there. He loved the outdoors and enjoyed hiking and backpackin­g in the high-country. He was also a devout Catholic and a frequent parishione­r at St. Joseph’s in Tuolumne and at St. Stephen the First Martyr Catholic Church in Sacramento. John was a devoted instructor of weekly Bible classes at All Saints

Parish for over five years. More than anything, he wanted his adult students to dig deep into scripture, to forge authentic character, and bring God’s grace to their hearts.

John was preceded in death by his wife, Pat, and their son and daughter-inlaw, John and Julie Dunlap.

He is survived by his children, Tom (Tricia), Julie (Barry), Tim (Deb), Beth (Dave) and Daniel (Angela), as well as 42 grandchild­ren and great grandchild­ren. He is also survived by his brother-in-law and sistersin-law, Bob, Adrienne and Martha.

Funeral arrangemen­ts are in the care of Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home. A burial service will take place at St. Patrick’s Catholic Cemetery in Sonora at 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 19. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at noon Friday, Dec. 10, at St. Stephen the First Martyr Catholic Church in Sacramento. In lieu of flowers, please donate to your local hospice, St. Vincent de Paul’s, or food pantry.

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