September 4, 1933 - September 15, 2022

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Donald Paul Dunn passed away peacefully on Thursday September 15th, 2022 at the age of 89. Born on September 4th, 1933 in Washington, DC, he was the loving husband of Hilda M. (Knopp) Dunn to whom he was married for over 67 years. Sadly, less than a week later Hilda also passed away on Wednesday, September 21st, 2022.

He is survived by his children Mark Dunn and wife Becky of Huntingtown MD, Molly Ryan and husband Kenny of Bowie MD, and Niles Dunn of Cape Canaveral FL; grandchildren Bart Dunn and wife Katie of Jacksonville FL, Jake Dunn of Huntingtown MD, Alison Ryan and fiancée Brian Moss of Stevensville MD, and Chelsea Ryan of Potomac MD; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents John and Mary (Sikora) Dunn and his sisters Barbara (Bet) Gould and Mary (Jill) McKenzie.

Donniee graduated from the University of Miami with a degree in electrical engineering. He was a disabled veteran who served in the US Army at Fort Hood, Texas as a tank mechanic. He then worked at the Department of Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as an airport radar systems investigator until he retired in 1981. After retirement from the FAA he worked as a security guard for the Disney cruise lines at Port Canaveral for several years.

He enjoyed sailing and racing on the Chesapeake Bay in his 32’ Columbia Saber ‘Wild Swan’ and was very competitive for many years, participating in various races sponsored by the Chesapeake Bay Yacht Racing Association (CBYRA). He was also a member of the Naval Academy Sailing Squadron (NASS) for many years and was involved with training the midshipmen in sailing techniques and tactics on the Navy 44s and Shields sailboats.

After retirement he and Hilda bought a Morgan Out Island 51’ ketch ‘Sugar n Spice’ which they lived aboard for many years, sailing up and down the East Coast offshore and via the inland waterway, eventually settling on land in Cape Canaveral, Florida.

‘Papa Wizard’ or ‘Daddio’ loved owning and working on old cars and had quite a few over the years. He had a 1937 LaSalle he called Madame FeeFee, a 1959 Mercedes, and most recently a 1990 Bentley that he enjoyed working on, although it spent most of its time at the ‘Bentley hospital’.

Donniee could fix anything, and if he couldn’t fix it he’d take it apart anyway to figure out how it worked. He had a tool for everything and he even had tools he’d never need but had them just in case.

We love him and will miss him every day, but we know he’s now at peace with his loving wife Hilda.