Donald "Duck" Dunn

November 24, 1941May 13, 2012

Donald "Duck" Dunn, celebrated, legendary Stax bass player, died in Tokyo, Japan on May 13, 2012 at the age of 70. He was born to Nana Belle and James Dunn on November 24, 1941 in Memphis, TN. He lived in Memphis and was a graduate of Messick High School. He married June Chaillet in January 1962 and lived to celebrate 50 wonderful years with her. Together they had two sons, Jeffrey and Michael. He will join his son Michael in the Hereafter along with his brothers James, Thomas, Robert and sister, Patricia. He is survived by his wife, June, son, Jeffrey, his daughter-in-law, Samara, grandson, Michael, brother, Charles and sister, Lois. A service for Duck for family and close friends will be held on May 23, 2012 at The Memphis Funeral Home East Memphis location, on Poplar near I-240 at 12 PM. For all who would like to pay their respects and celebrate Duck’s life, there will be a funeral procession at 5PM on Beale Street that will begin by the Baptist Church at 4th and Beale and proceed west on Beale Street . In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to: Moffitt Cancer Center, PO Box 23827,Tampa, FL 33623-3827


  • Funeral Service Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Donald "Duck" Dunn

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Nazarene Mckinney

April 10, 2017

Thanks for all of the great music. This music is timeless transcending all generations! You willl always be young!

John henry Lawrimore

December 27, 2015

I grew up in Memphis and have fond memories of Duck coming to our lake place at Sardis to fish with my dad.

Duck was about 16 years older than me. I knew he was a legend in memphis... But I had no idea at the time that he would become a legend known the world over.

Duck's dad (Jim) spent many weekends with us fishing and hanging out. You never knew what other famous musicians Might Show up with Duck to go fishing.

Duck bought his sister Pat a white two door cougar (circa 1969? Maybe) as a gift. Duck's dad picked it up and we both drove it to the lake for a "test drive." Duck was a Generous guy who loved his family.

When I turned 15, Ducks dad drove me to Oxford Ms so I could take my drivers test because my dad was too sick to do it. Jim Dunn was like a second father to me.

RIP... I Hope you've both with my dad and you guys have all found all the best places to fish.

May 13, 2014

As the song goes, If there's a rock and roll Heaven, then you know they've got a hell of a band. Now they gain one hell of a bass.

September 6, 2012

Being from Memphis, and growing up in the same era, I had the pleasure to hear BT and the MGs play, and also Duck with Steve as the Mar Keys....He turned out to be a great bassist and I have followed somewhat over the years. Very sorry to hear of his passing and my prayers go to his family and friends.

Denise Liberty

August 31, 2012

I really enjoyed his music. It seems that as time goes by, God picks the flowers from His garden. He picked one of the best!

Larry Jones Jr

August 6, 2012

As I watch the Stax 50th Anniversary and seeing you play along with the MG's that red Fender Jazz bass I am reminded that you are gone. That sweet, unique bottom that you produced for years is silenced forever but, your legacy lives
on. From a musician that can appreciate
what you did for the art. LJ

Mike Barlow

July 21, 2012

In 1962 or '63 (I was thirteen at the time)I was already blown away by music from people like Bessie Smith, Little Walter and so on (there's just so many to list). I had a friend who's father had a huge appreciation and a huge collection of what was referred to as race music in those days. I knew who Cropper and Dunn were at a very early age. For a white kid in the suburbs of Minneapolis that was considered very odd and by some as wrong (go figure).
Around my house it was all about Sinatra, Martino, Como, Doris Day etc. etc. Couldn't stand it.
Of course along came Stax, Motown, Atlantic and soooo many more.
All the sudden it wasn't just Muddy and so on, I had all that plus all these new artists and variations on the many genres' that came before them.
I felt lucky and ahead of my time or behind the time's depending on how one looked at it. Cropper and Dunn were huge influences on me musically and appreciation there of. I still to this day can't express how much these people influenced my life. Without this music life to me just seemed meaningless. Music was and forever will be the single most important thing in my life.
Growing up in the insanity that was my family, music I believed saved my life or at least my sanity.
You'll be missed Donald Dunn, especially by people like me that discovered you at such a young age. From my heart, thanks for all you gave. Although we never met you were a big influence on the direction my musical tastes evolved.

butch Lisko

June 19, 2012

rest in peace "Duck" there is a rock and roll heaven and now they have a great bass player, my friend is up there with you, his name is lee rynilson he plays bass and smokes a pipe you cant miss him.
keep on rockin"

Thomas Shaw

June 15, 2012

So many will miss the soulful playing of the duck, I am a bass player that have copied his dtyle for eight years and I must truly say his inspiration to many bass players encluding me is truly appreciated. He just had a natrual talent for that instrrument that sill many are trying to copy.

God bless you Duck Dunn and rest in peace.

Justin Boncore

June 9, 2012

Thank You Mr. Dunn , you will always live in our Low notes with high levels .