Remembering Stuart ( Stu) Martell Dunn

Emily Bursarsky
January 22, 2014 • 1,216 views

Stuart (Stu) Martell Dunn, beloved husband, father, and grandfather (Baba), passed away December 19, 2013, in the arms of his wife and daughters after fighting a courageous battle against Interstitial Lung Disease. Stu was a life-long resident of the San Gabriel Valley. Born in Pasadena, he attended school in San Marino and graduated from California State University, Los Angeles in 1966. Stu began teaching in the El Monte City School District (EMCSD) in 1967 and married Georgia Poynor in 1968. He was drafted into the military in 1968 where he served four years in the Air Force managing training for the Supply Squadron at Nellis Air Force Base. He was also in charge of creating and implementing an education program for servicemen/women who needed to increase their skill levels within the military.  Upon completion of his military service, Stu and Georgia returned to Arcadia, California where they made their home for the next 45 years. Stu resumed his teaching career in EMCSD while completing his graduate degree in education. He went on to become an assistant principal at Rio Hondo School, and finally a principal at Cherrylee, Wilkerson, Gidley, and Cleminson schools. Stu retired in 2005 and enjoyed several good years of relaxation at the beach, fishing, traveling, volunteering, laughing, and lots of time with family and friends. He adored his grandchildren and spent as much time with them as possible.
Stu was an avid supporter of Huntington Memorial Hospital, Our Savior Kids Campus, and the community at large. He was considered to be a warm, loyal and trustworthy individual by all his friends, colleagues, and family. He was a good listener; someone who was sought after for advice and would not hesitate to lend a helping hand. Even in his final days people came to thank him for the kindness he had shown them at a particularly trying time in their lives. Stu was a bright light in the lives of all he touched. He is survived by his wife Georgia, daughters Amy Hageman (John) and Emily Busarsky (James), his sister Debbie Holden, father-in-law George Poynor, grandchildren Maiya Gabrielle and Joseph Stuart, and many cousins.
Family, friends, colleagues and former students are invited to participate in a Celebration of Life for Stu at the El Monte Community Center, Grace Black Auditorium on Saturday, January 25th at 3:00p.m. Hawaiian shirts and Old Guys Rule attire is welcome!

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