Samuel Sidney Dunn was called home to be with the Lord on Saturday, October 7, 2006 at the age of 76 after a lengthy battle with Parkinson’s disease.
He was born January 16, 1930 in San Antonio, Texas to Otis Lewis and Emma Belle (Oglesby) Dunn. After graduating as Valedictorian of the Thomas Jefferson High School (San Antonio) class of 1947, Sam entered San Antonio Junior College, later transferring to the Engineering program of the University of Texas in September 1948.
Sam graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering in May 1953. During this time he was a member of the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society, the Phi Lambda Upsilon Honorary Chemical Society, the Omega Chi Epsilon National Honor Society for Chemical Engineering, and the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society.
Sam was a Registered Professional Engineer, a member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, and a member of the Texas Exes.
He began his career with Texaco, Inc. in Port Arthur, Texas where he co-authored two patents as a development engineer with the Research and Development division. During this time he met and married his wife Sue Jean (Haltom) Dunn. In 1961, Sam joined the Mobil Chemical Company and distinguished himself as an innovative engineer and executive through his retirement in 1991.
After his retirement, he served in various volunteer positions, including with the Texas Energy Museum and Beaumont Meals on Wheels.
As a devoted Christian, Sam held a lifelong commitment to sharing the good news of Christ and encouraging the faith of all who knew him. He served as a Deacon and Elder at the Proctor Street Church of Christ (Port Arthur, Texas) and as an Elder at the Westgate Church of Christ (Beaumont, Texas).
A loving husband and father, Sam is survived by his wife of 48 years, Jean (Haltom) Dunn. Honored to call him “Dad” are his sons and their wives, Kevin Scott Dunn and Rebecca Faye of Duncanville, Texas and Kyle David Dunn and Jennifer Len of Round Rock, Texas. He is known as “Pop-Pop” by his grandchildren Kathryn Dunn, Callie Lauren Dunn, Alexander William Dunn, Kiersten Julia Dunn, and Kaitlen Nichole Dunn. He is also survived by brother-in-law, Ret. Lt. Co. Louis “Bill” Haltom of Arlington, VA.
His legacy also lives on in a host of friends whose lives he touched and whose love and encouragement filled his life with joy.
He was preceded by his parents and brother, Otis Lewis Dunn.
Sam’s greatest success is the legacy that he left his children, “To Love God with all their heart, mind, strength, and soul and love mankind as themselves.” He lived his life to be known as one of “a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” (1 Peter 2:9)
The family will receive friends Monday, October 9, 2006 between 5:00 pm and 8:00 pm in the Charles S. Kelley Memorial Chapel of Claybar Kelley-Watkins Funeral Home. Services will be held October 10, 2006 at 10:00 AM at Claybar Kelley-Watkins Funeral Home. The services will be led by Tony Williams with longtime family friends Richard Melton of Abilene, Texas and William F. Walker of Port Arthur, Texas speaking. Pallbearers will be Don Barrington, John Forsander, Howell Brown, Earl Dorrell, Jim Willis, Tollie Corder, Bill Manning, Steve Gilbert, Leslie McBeth, and Joe Ligon. Following the service, Sam will be laid to rest in the community cemetery in Melrose, Texas at 4:00 pm.