Danny Luke Dunnagan, beloved husband, dad, grandpa, brother, uncle, friend, and “Mr. D,” was surrounded by family as he passed from his earthly life to his heavenly life on Jan. 4, 2023. Danny faced his fourth and final cancer battle with the same commitment and determination as he faced everything else. His sense of humor did not fail and he was telling jokes to anyone who would listen. He shared how much he loved his family, the immense joy his family and friends brought to him, and how his life was enriched by all. Of course, at the top of the list there was his deep faith in God.
Danny was born on Nov. 15, 1957, to John and Pearline (Blazer) Dunnagan in Long Beach, California. He joined three brothers, completing their family. As a young child, the family moved to Adna, Washington, and Dan became a part of the Adna High School Class of 1975. This small group of students remains connected and supportive of each other to this day.
Danny and Robyn met in September 1976, were engaged the following month, and married in February 1977. During their years together, they welcomed three children, experienced countless adventures and looked forward to what opportunity might come next.
Prior to retiring in 2018, Danny enjoyed a diverse career path. He enjoyed a couple of businesses he owned and operated, savored numerous summers working in the fishing industry in Bristol Bay, and spent 20 years with the State of Washington Department of Transportation on Whidbey Island. During his time in Coupeville, Danny was actively involved supporting school activities and students. Danny had a passion for helping kids see and reach their potential. He encouraged kids to be their authentic selves. After leaving WSDOT, he returned to college and completed his degree in education. Danny taught middle school math and science in the Pasco School District for many years, establishing lifelong connections with students and colleagues.
Danny’s most recent passion was in developing property purchased in Idaho. His goal was to create a place where family and friends could visit, enjoy all that nature offered, and find rest and relaxation from busy lives. Danny had a jovial perspective of life, unwavering faith in God and amazing musical talent. He was a mainstay for family and friends, comic extraordinaire, and he poured his life into serving and helping others. Dan will be greatly missed.
Danny was preceded in death by his parents, John T. Dunnagan and Pearline (Blazer) Dunnagan.
Danny is survived by his wife Robyn; son Keith Dunnagan (Meghan and grandsons Nathan and Wyatt); son Kyle Dunnagan (Nadina and grandson Cole); daughter Kandace Dunnagan Meinecke (William and grandsons Marcus and Liam); his three brothers Johnny Mac (Cynthia), Gary (Rhonda), Derrell (Sherry); and numerous nieces and nephews.
A private graveside service will be held at Einan’s Sunset Garden to be followed by a celebration of life which will be scheduled this spring.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Pasco Education Foundation in support of the Danny Dunnagan Memorial Scholarship. Donations can be made by check and mailed to Pasco Education Foundation, P.O. Box 3162, Pasco, Washington, 99301, or through their website at www. pascopride.com. Please include a note that the donation is in memory of Danny Dunnagan.
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. — Philippians 4:13