Allene Dunn — 1935-2010

Posted on December 8th in Obituaries

Allene Dunn died on Dec. 2, with her family at her side. She had been in failing health as a result of a serious car accident several years ago.

She was born on Oct. 2, 1935, in Portland. She grew up with her parents, Alan and Grayce Catterson, who ranched in Lawen. Both parents preceded her in death.

She attended Lawen grade school and Crane High School, where she graduated as class salutatorian in 1953. While attending Crane, she met her high school sweetheart, Larry Dunn. They were married shortly after graduation and moved to the Dunn family ranch near the Narrows. In 1984, they moved to Diamond where they have continued to ranch.

Dunn and her husband were married for 57 years; together they had four children. Nothing was more important to her than her family.  She felt that her proudest accomplishments were her four children, and nothing gave her greater joy than spending time with her grandkids.

Dunn had a fondness for education and children, and served as the clerk of Sod House School for 30 years. She also served as a teacher’s aide there for six years and found it very enriching. She would often share something she found interesting or amusing that had happened with one of the neighbor children at school.

She often helped her sister-in-law, Mavis, at  Oard’s Service in Buchanan and enjoyed seeing friends as they stopped in.

She was a member of the Harney County CattleWomen’s Association for 25 years and always looked forward to the Harney County Fair and Rodeo. Dunn loved working on the ranch alongside her husband and family.  Always a softie for a person or an animal in need, she raised many motherless calves. Her family often thought that heaven on earth would be living as one of her pets because nothing was too good for them.

Dunn was a private homebody with an easy smile and an infectious laugh. She enjoyed seeing neighbors and loved to cook for them when they came to help brand calves.  She believed that there was no place in the country where you could find better friends and neighbors than in Harney County.

Dunn is survived by her sons,  Mark Dunn of Boise, Idaho, Brett Dunn and wife Shelly of Albany, and Bryan Dunn and  wife Ronita of Diamond; and daughter, Renae  Jenkins and husband Rich of Diamond.

She is also survived by 10 grandchildren, one great-grandson, three nieces and two nephews; as well as brother, Frank Catterson and wife Sharon of  Lawen; former daughter-in-law, Karen Dunn; and sister-in-law, Mavis Oard.

Memorial services will be Wednesday, Dec. 8, at Pioneer Presbyterian Church, at 1 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, contribution in Dunn’s memory may be made to the Harney County Fair Association, PO Box 391, Burns, OR 97720. LaFollette’s Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

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