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Jack Dell Lunnen

Jack Dell Lunnen, 72, died peacefully in his home on January 5, 2021, surrounded by loving family and friends. A native of Riverside CA, he was preceded in death by his parents, Jack Clark and Ermie Evelyn Lunnen (Boothe).

He achieved the rank of Staff Sargent in the United States Air Force and served his country in Vietnam for more than 2 years. He received an undergraduate degree in physical therapy from California State University - Fresno, and a Master’s degree in physical therapy with a focus on biomechanics from The University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill.

Jack lived in Sylva for 42 years, working as a physical therapist in home health for many years and then assuming more administrative responsibilities as Director of Rehabilitation Services. He was always a generous advocate for individuals with disabilities in the community and helped to found Physically Challenged, Inc. and make Balsam Lake and Lodge accessible. He loved baseball and was active as a mentor to his three sons and a coach for a variety of teams from Little League to traveling club teams. He was also an avid bicyclist riding on the Blue Ridge Parkway almost daily with his long term friend, Jim Shanley.

Jack always had a project, often restoring classic cars, refinishing furniture, or creating special places to enjoy nature. The interests and activities of his family were supported in a variety of ways, including in recent years the volleyball and horseback riding pursuits of his two daughters.

He is survived by his wife of 16 years, Linda Bianchi Lunnen; daughters, Olivia and Emily of the home; previous wife, Karen Yundt Lunnen, and their sons, Benjamin (Hollie) of Trinity, NC; Andrew (Missy) of Charleston, SC; and Jacob (Amanda) of Cleveland, TN; and sisters, Connie Durham (John), Ginny Campbell (Ron), and Margie Allison. He cherished his family and his steadfast love was unquestioned, extending to his 5 grandsons, Grey, Reece, William, Knox and John), 1 granddaughter (Kingsley), and numerous nieces and nephews,

A Celebration of Jack’s Life will be held on a beautiful spring day in the future.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Blue Ridge Parkway Conservation Fund (https://www.conservationfund.org/projects/blue-ridge-parkway), Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (www.pancan.org or 877 272-6226) or RollingStart NC, a local non-profit that takes used cars and makes them safe, clean, and mechanically sound for families in need, at 83 Meadow View Drive, Sylva, NC 28779.


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God Speed Jack. You were a good man and a great help for those in need. Prayers for your family.

Frances Cabe Jan 15 2021 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Jack Lunnen

Frances Cabe Jan 15 2021 12:00 AM

We want to extend our sincere condolences to Jack's family, friends and the community at this time of loss of such a special person. Jack provided decades of excellent physical therapy, professional and emotional support and advocacy for our dear Jo, (our daughter and sister). He, his concern and service for others will be missed. Amy, Sheila and Katie Hoyle

Katie Hoyle Jan 14 2021 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Jack Lunnen

Katie Hoyle Jan 14 2021 12:00 AM

I was always amazed at the love he showed his children and the entire family! Very handsome young man and proud he accomplished so much. Bev

Beverly Townsley Jan 14 2021 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Jack Lunnen

Beverly Townsley Jan 14 2021 12:00 AM

Many great memories of work, recreation at Balsam Lake, baseball, and friendship. Jack was the difference for many. My deepest condolences.

Henry Dowling Jan 12 2021 12:00 AM

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