Retired Air Force Major James “Bruce” Dunavin passed away unexpectedly on Nov. 2, 2021, he was 71 years old. He had been diagnosed with COVID-19.
Bruce attended Salida Schools from kindergarten through 12th grade and graduated Salida High School in 1968. He recently lived in Westcliff.
He was born to Jim and Faye Dunavin in Oakland, California, on the military base. Jim and Faye lived in Salida for many years raising their family here.
Bruce married his high school sweetheart Gayle (Perez) Dunavin in 1968 in Salida. They had three children together and were married 40 years. They later divorced but remained close because of family importance.
Bruce loved family first and friends. Bruce’s other passion was hunting and fishing. He was also an avid photographer.
He joined the Air Force in 1974 and retired as a major after 20 years of service.
He worked an additional 12 years in the space industry in Colorado Springs.
Bruce was a church member of the Cotopaxi Church and was very involved with the church community as a member.
Mr. Dunavin was preceded in death by his beloved son Jesse Dunavin in 2003; his most adored grandson Cody Dunavin in2017 and his younger brother Stephen Dunavin and sister in law Ellen Dunavin, His parents and his in-laws.
Survivors include his ex-wife; son Shane Dunavin; daughter Kelly Dunavin (Robert), Beloved grandkids Miranda Dunavin(Russell), Jessica Dunavin, Chance Dunavin, Adrian Dunavin, Sunni Ellis, Taylor Commerford (Mark) and Noah Commerford; great-grandchildren Abailia Kroschel, Cooper Morgan and Riley Taylor; nieces Barbie (Wes) Faulk, Chrystall Whitaker; nephew John (Kathy) Dunavin; and numerous extended family members.
A memorial service is planned for 11 a.m. Nov. 12, 2021 at Lewis and Glenn Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Steve Holcomb presiding.
Flowers and cards may be sent via Lewis and Glenn Funeral Home, 203 Sackett Ave., Salida CO, 80201.
Arrangements were with Lewis and Glenn Funeral Home.
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