Donald Bunge, 1929 ~ 2013
Jan 24, 2013 | 1442 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Donald Emil Bunge, 83, passed away Jan. 19, 2013, at the Canyonlands Care Center surrounded by his loving family.

Don was born Oct. 29, 1929, in Mechanicsville, Iowa, to Emil and Clara Bunge. He graduated high school in 1949. Donald then went on to serve in the United States Marine Corps from 1951 through 1954. He was united in marriage to Marilyn D. Rudner on June 19, 1955, in Burbank, Calif.

They soon moved to Los Angeles to begin their family, where their two sons Kenneth and Steven were born. In 1963, Don attended Los Angeles Trade – Technical School, where he received his associate in art degree in aircraft mechanics. He started working at Pan America Airways while also attending California State College in Long Beach, where he received a bachelor of arts degree in 1967. They then moved to Fountain Valley, where he went on to pursue a teaching degree which he received from The State of California in 1969.

He soon became a supervisor in the aviation industry and continued his career for many years until a heart attack forced him into retirement in 1990. Donald and Marilyn then moved from California to Moab, Utah, for their retirement, where they became involved with the Red Rock Four Wheelers and had many adventures with their family and friends. Donald always had a great love for rocks and fossils and was a member of the Moab Rock Club. Don and Marilyn were active members of the First Baptist Church of Moab.

He is survived by his loving wife, Marilyn; his brothers, Allen (Sharon), Jerry (Karen), and Richard (Jean); sons, Kenneth (Betty), and Steven (Beverly); grandchildren, Kassey, Cory, Shauna, Junior, and Allan; as well as his great-grandchildren, Braeden, Sophia and Jesse.

He was preceded in death by his father and mother; his brothers, Kenneth and Bobby; and his sisters, Evelyn, Florence and Lois.

A memorial service will be held Friday, Jan. 25, 2013, at 11 a.m. at the First Baptist Church, 420 MiVida Drive.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.SpanishValleyMortuary.com.

Copyright 2013 The Times-Independent. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

report abuse...

Express yourself:

We're glad to give readers a forum to express their points of view on issues important to this community. That forum is the “Letters to the Editor.” Letters to the editor may be submitted directly to The Times-Independent through this link and will be published in the print edition of the newspaper. All letters must be the original work of the letter writer – form letters will not be accepted. All letters must include the actual first and last name of the letter writer, the writer’s address, city and state and telephone number. Anonymous letters will not be accepted.

Letters may not exceed 400 words in length, must be regarding issues of general interest to the community, and may not include personal attacks, offensive language, ethnic or racial slurs, or attacks on personal or religious beliefs. Letters should focus on a single issue. Letters that proselytize or focus on theological debates will not be published. During political campaigns, The Times-Independent will not publish letters supporting or opposing any local candidate. Thank you letters are generally not accepted for publication unless the letter has a public purpose. Thank you letters dealing with private matters that compliment or complain about a business or individual will not be published. Nor will letters listing the names of individuals and/or businesses that supported a cause or event. Thank you letters about good Samaritan acts will be considered at the discretion of the newspaper.