1941 -- March 28, 2008
William J. Dunn, 66, a former resident of Eureka Springs, died Friday, March 28, in Denver, Colo. of liver failure.
Dunn was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada in 1941. He graduated with a Masters Degree in Mining Engineering from Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada in 1969. Bill was employed by Consolidation Coal Company for most of his career and was recognized as one of the company's most outstanding managers.
Dunn and his wife, Debra, retired to Eureka Springs in 1998 and purchased two homes at 232 and 234 Spring St.
They spent the next several years working with local contractor Bruce Levine, restoring both homes, the hillside gardens and adding the Victorian-style greenhouse between the two properties. They received numerous awards from the Eureka Springs Preservation Society for their outstanding efforts toward preservation in the community, and the gardens were always a favorite on the Society's Garden Tours.
All of their hard work paid off when the gardens were featured in the early Spring 2005 issue of Garden, Deck & Landscape magazine. The 8-page article features 12 photographs and is available for viewing at the Eureka Springs Carnegie Public Library. Dunn accepted an engineering consulting position and the couple sold the homes in 2003.
Dunn is survived by his son, Robert, 43, of Denver, Colo. He will be lovingly remembered for his sense of humor, wit and desire to help others.
Dunn was unemployed and without medical insurance at the time of his death. A memorial account has been set up at Community First Bank, 107 W. Van Buren, Eureka Springs, AR 72732, Attn.: Christan Erskine, (479) 253-0500, for anyone wishing to make a contribution toward his medical expenses.