OBITUARY

James Anthony Dunn III

December 5, 1936February 5, 2019

Lifelong Williamsburg, VA area resident, Jim Dunn, 82, died February 5, 2019 in Williamsburg. He was born in Richmond, VA on December 5, 1936. He leaves behind his wife of 51 years, Thelma F. (Pitta Pat) Dunn; his sons James Michael Dunn (Beth), of Logan, Ohio, Christopher Shawn Dunn (Kris), of Fayetteville, NC, and Paul Fitzpatrick Dunn, of Williamsburg, four grandchildren; Emily Dunn and David Dunn of Logan, Ohio and Kaiya Dunn and Sydney Dunn of Williamsburg, VA and a great-granddaughter, Sophia Dunn, Logan, Ohio, and a great-grandson Jameson. He also leaves two brothers and their wives: John L. Dunn (Sharon) of Yorktown and Jeffrey A. Dunn (Ann) of Williamsburg, six nieces, and one nephew as well as many cousins and close friends. He is preceded in death by his Father, James A. Dunn, Jr. and his Mother, Theresa Fitzpatrick Dunn. Mr. Dunn was a senior Clandestine Operations Officer for the Central Intelligence Agency serving as a Deputy Chief of Station and Chief of Station in two Africa countries. In his early years, Mr. Dunn was a CIA Special Operations Officer serving multiple tours in Southeast Asia, Central America, and South America. He retired in 1991 with over 36 years with the CIA and worked for another 17 years retiring from that position in 2009. He and his wife enjoyed travel and were able to visit over 40 countries throughout their marriage. Mr. Dunn was an athlete having played high school football and basketball. He was an avid volleyball and fast pitch softball player in his early adult life in Williamsburg. He also had a real passion for his grandchildren spending as much time as he could in their company. In his later years, Jim spent a lot of time doing the family cooking and enjoyed this task very much. His other major hobby was reading which gave him a great deal of pleasure. In addition, he was a friend of Bill W. for 43 years. A memorial service will be held at Nelsen Funeral Home 3785 Strawberry Plains Road, Williamsburg, VA 23188 on Sunday, February 10, 2019 at 2:00 P.M. A private burial will be held at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Richmond, VA at a later date. Donations may be made to “The Foundation” C/O Williamsburg, 5477 Mooretown Road, Williamsburg, VA 23188, www.farleycenter.com, or to the charity of your choice.

  • FAMILY

  • He leaves behind his wife of 51 years, Thelma F. (Pitta Pat) Dunn; his sons James Michael Dunn (Beth), of Logan, Ohio, Christopher Shawn Dunn (Kris), of Fayetteville, NC, and Paul Fitzpatrick Dunn, of Williamsburg, four grandchildren; Emily Dunn and David Dunn of Logan, Ohio and Kaiya Dunn and Sydney Dunn of Williamsburg, VA and a great-granddaughter, Sophia Dunn, Logan, Ohio, and a great-grandson Jameson. He also leaves two brothers and their wives: John L. Dunn (Sharon) of Yorktown and Jeffrey A. Dunn (Ann) of Williamsburg, six nieces, and one nephew as well as many cousins and close friends. He is preceded in death by his Father, James A. Dunn, Jr. and his Mother, Theresa Fitzpatrick Dunn.

Services

  • Memorial Service Sunday, February 10, 2019
REMEMBERING

James Anthony Dunn III

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Rosemary Helms

February 9, 2019

Jim was an outstanding human being with abundant qualities rarely seen in just one person. He bravely served our nation in far-flung corners of the world and continued to serve mankind in his daily living. This is a man who has left an indelible mark on this world and on the thousands of people to whom he has reached out and pulled up with a kind and loving hand. He has done his work and now rests leaving a legacy of kindness, self-sacrifice, love, and so much more.

I will truly miss Jim's presence but will forever carry him in my heart.

Tim Jones

February 9, 2019

Jim was like a father to me in so many ways. He was such an amazing, loving man that I had the pleasure of spending a great deal of time with over the years. I was always so intrigued by his amazing stories of touring the world, experiencing so many things. He provided strong support and care in a time of my life that I couldn't have done it without my friends and has been there every step of the journey since then. I feel truly blessed to have had him a part of my life personally, considering him family and holding him close to my heart for as long as I shall live. I know he was the same, for so many others just like me over the years. Thank you Jim, for just being you. We all love you more than words can express.

Crystal Samuel

February 8, 2019

Mr.Dunn was a wonderful man whom i had the pleasure of meeting from his wonderful son Paul Dunn whom his father was the world to him.Jim would come to eat at the Williamsburg/Jamestown airport where i worked. May God bring peace to the Dunn famiy.It was my honor to know this amazing man who will be sorley missed by many....

Kaiya Dunn

February 8, 2019

My papa was an amazing man. He would always cook me breakfast every moring before school. He would support me through anything and everything in my life. 17 years with him was definitely not long enough. One thing i will always remember is his compassion for others. He didn’t care if he had something going on with him as long as everyone around him was okay. I loved him so much and I will always love him. he was the best papa anyone could ever ask for.

Sheree Stovall-Alexander

February 8, 2019

I met Jim through my husband. I instantly liked him. He was one of the most compassionate human beings I've ever met. He always, always greeted me with a smile and a hug...he never skipped a beat regarding that greeting! He will be missed so very much. Rest in Peace My Friend.

Richard Eric Pound

February 7, 2019

Jim was a teacher and friend who helped me find my way when I didn't know how much I didn't know. He was a good, brave and caring man. The world is poorer without him but we are richer for having known him. Thanks and farewell.

Natalie Joshi

February 7, 2019

I was sorry to hear the news of Jim Dunn’s passing and will keep his family in my prayers through this difficult time for them. I highly respect all that he represented as a human being and all that he accomplished in his life.

Dick Johnson

February 7, 2019

Dell and I can only echo what so many others have written here. Jim was an extraordinary man who made a real difference in this world. It's indisputable that he changed many people's lives for the better; indeed, I'd say he also saved a number of those lives. As I said, an extraordinary man. Our thoughts and prayers are with Pat and the family at this time. Rest in peace, Jim, and thank you for your friendship.

Barry Eisler

February 7, 2019

Jim was one of my instructors beginning in 1989 and remained a friend thereafter. Of Jim's many qualities, for me three stand out.

First, his willingness to share his knowledge and experience, inside the classroom and out. Jim obviously loved being a mentor and he excelled in the role.

Second, his courage, toughness, and resilience. This was a man who had survived war zones and faced his own demons. Given a choice, most people would prefer the first of those fights to the second. Jim did both, and then made it his life's work to share his experiences so younger people could learn from them (see #1).

Third, his love and compassion. Given their centrality to the persona of this tough old warrior, these qualities were exceptionally noteworthy. They were always in evidence: in his willingness to mentor outside the classroom (see #1) and in the way he would drop people a card on birthdays, holidays, or "just because" days. On a personal note: Jim went out of his way to support me during a difficult career time, and wrote me a recommendation that helped me regain my footing. He didn't need to do any of that. He did it because helping people out was who he was.

I feel lucky to have known Jim as a student, mentee, and friend, and know his family must feel proud and grateful to have known him as a husband, father, brother, and uncle. He lived an extraordinary life and paid it forward and then some. Rest well old friend, and thank you.

Doug Patteson

February 7, 2019

In 1989, Jim became my instructor. He was awe inspiring in the experience he brought to bear, but also convinced this then 22 year old that he belonged in this world and was capable of this work. He was a trusted mentor and friend for my wife and I through the years, and later, for my own son as he evaluated his own career choices. He taught me we could each rise above our own struggles and demons by being transparent about those things and confronting them with the help of others. He showed me how to be others centered and to sacrificially love this country. And most especially, he demonstrated that you could be unabashedly strong and masculine, yet tell people how much you loved them. He never missed a chance to tell me he loved me and my family.

FROM THE FAMILY