Elmer Roy Dunbar
Elmer Roy Dunbar passed away peacefully in Gunnison on February 8, at the age of 91. He was born in Gunnison on Sept. 18, 1925 to Alta and Roy (Sandy) Dunbar and made his home in Gunnison his entire life. Elmer moved with his parents to the family ranch in the Tomichi valley at the age of two and grew up learning the ranching way of life. He attended Gunnison Schools, was active in FFA and 4-H, graduating from high school in 1943. Elmer met the love of his life Alva May Gray in 1948 and they were married June 15, 1949 shortly after she completed high school. For 64 years the soulmates shared a love of dancing and spending time with friends and family. He and Alva May lived on and operated the Dunbar Family Ranch from the time they were married until they sold the ranch and moved to town in 1991. He enjoyed his retirement by spending his days driving in his pickup truck through the mountains. He loved spending time on the family properties at Spring Creek and Taylor River. Elmer enjoyed exploring many backcountry roads and locations throughout Gunnison County and stopping occasionally to visit with life-long friends. He especially enjoyed elk hunting, fishing and rock collecting in what he called “his” mountains. Elmer was a lifetime member of the Elks Lodge, the IOOF Lodge and Gunnison County Pioneer and Historical Society. He served as President of the Spring Creek Cattle Association and Cattlemen’s Days Board of Directors. Elmer was a strong, silent man with a kind and giving heart who lived a simple life. He loved his family first and foremost and his home was filled with love and laughter, where he enjoyed countless family gatherings and holidays. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Alva May and daughter Carol Ann. He is survived by his brother Donald Dunbar (Marilyn); children Jolene Sherer (Jeff ), Donalee Dunbar, Larry Dunbar (Debbie) and Greg Dunbar (Christina); grandchildren Cynthia and Vicki Dunbar, Lindsay Thurman (Robert), Eric Dunbar, Nikki Herrera (Mario) and Chelsey Tesky (Kyle); four great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. There will be a memorial service Friday, Feb. 24 at 10 a.m. at the Elks Lodge in Gunnison. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Gunnison BPOE Elks Lodge #1623, 123 S. Main Street, Gunnison, CO 81230.