Remembering and honoring Stretch
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Remembering and honoring the impact of friend and trustee
Col. C.H. "Stretch" Dunn (USA Retired)

With deep regret, I share with you that a great friend and Life Leaders trustee of almost 25 years, Col. Stretch Dunn (USA Retired), died yesterday at home. His wife, Joan, son Steve, daughter Cheryl, and more family have been gathering, missing him, and making plans for all of us to celebrate the life of a truly special person.
Thursday, 5-7 p.m. Visitation, Bluff Park United Methodist Church, Hoover
Friday, 12:30 p.m. Funeral, Bluff Park United Methodist Church
Friday, 2:45 p.m. Burial, Alabama National Cemetery, Montevallo

As a subscriber to mailings from Life Leaders about Programs, Plans, Progress, and People, you either knew or at least read about the books, presentations, and other volunteer work by one of our loyal leaders and dear friends, Stretch. He attended our seminar presenting Stephen Covey in 1993, joined as a member, started serving, and became a staple of all we did both professionally and socially. He served as chair of our trustees. He was planning to host a trustee meeting this week. Many people miss the man already. He was my favorite kind of leader. He focused on the work with little regard for ranks, titles, or recognition. Take care of the troops. 

After the "911" attacks on America, we challenged each other to do more for our country. We wrote two books together, Professionalism Under Stress and Patriotism in Action. I learned much from this graduate of the U.S. Military Academy (West Point) who believed in principles like "the harder right" and "true professionalism."

He walked his talk. He kept commitments. He updated his goals for the 7 Areas of Life annually and shared them with Joan, with me, and with seminar participants at Life Leaders. He invited accountability partnerships. He wrote and reviewed regularly his personal mission and vision statement. He wrote one with Joan for their marriage and carried it with him. He invited her to help hold him accountable to being and doing what he said he would "be, know, and do." With Life Leaders, he wrote a goal to attend a minimum of 3/4s of our events. He planned for keeping promises.

In word and deed, you could tell Stretch valued his family and faith. West Point (class of '66). The Veterans Leadership Ministry he founded at his church to help veterans lead their lives again by recovering from moral injury and more. The Overlook Project at the Alabama National Cemetery. And more. He served. He encouraged.

To know about Stretch and some of his teachings and characteristics is to know better how to "be all you can be" for yourself or others you can influence. So, in coming days we will share more for your consideration and sharing. I am better for knowing Stretch and Joan--and I hope you also gain an idea or reinforcement.

Stretch had more he wanted to do for others. Fellow trustee Bob Barefield reminds, it's up to us to advance the principles and plans. Writing to you today and in coming days is part of that effort. 

We invite all the extra prayers you may offer for Joan, their family, and all of us who are celebrating his life and grieving our loss.

Thank you for being a friend.


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Dr. David Dyson
Life Leaders Institute
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Calera, Alabama 35040 USA
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