Joe Elic Dunham "Pop", passed away peacefully on December 19, 2016 at the age of 74. He was born in Swenson, TX on December 31, 1941 to Rufus and Mae Dunham. He married Dottie Pfeil on June 10, 1967.
Joe is survived by his wife, Dottie, of 49 years; two sons, Taw Wayne Dunham and Shawn Dunham; a daughter and son-in-law, Kam Marie and Curtis Walker; five grandchildren: Rodney, MacKenzie, Reece, Rodalyn and Brianna; two brothers, Bob Dunham and Jack Dunham; and one sister, Brenda Tidwell, along with numerous nieces and nephews.
Joe graduated from Lorenzo High School where he excelled in football, basketball, baseball and track. He received a scholarship to play football for Sul Ross University, lettering for two years. He later joined the US Army, stationed in Fort Hood, Texas and deployed to Germany. After serving his country, Joe move to Lubbock, Texas where he met the love of his life, Dottie. They married June 10, 1967 in Refugio, Texas and began their life in Lubbock where Joe was a general contractor framing out new homes.
In 1970, Joe and Dottie made the move to Woodsboro, Texas where he worked alongside his father-in-law on the family farm. In 1974, Joe was offered the position of Farm and Ranch Manager for the Belton Kleberg Johnson family on the La Puerta Ranch in Agua Dulce, Texas. While managing the ranch, he thrived on his time spent hosting quail hunting events, Santa Gertrudis cattle sales, and farm tours of his operation. Upon his retirement from farming and ranching, Joe worked in the federal crop insurance industry.
After their children convinced Dottie to finally retire, Joe and Dottie moved to Boerne, Texas to be close to their children and grandchildren. After moving to Boerne, Joe enjoyed helping Dottie at An Empty Vase by utilizing his love of woodworking to build wood boxes with horse handles for the shop’s rustic arrangements. Joe also enjoyed working in his garden and growing vegetables and sunflowers for his neighbors and teaching his grandchildren how to build birdhouses which he proudly displayed in his yard.
During Joe's life he served as the Woodsboro Lions Club President, Nueces County Farm Bureau President, Nueces County Junior Livestock Show President, 4H Leader, Cub Scout Leader, and as an Elder in the First Presbyterian Church of Alice, Texas. But, the thing he loved the most was coaching or watching his children excel in sports. He often times found joy in telling the children's coaches and the officials what they were doing wrong, sometimes to the point of being asked to leave the games. His other love was playing golf with the guys. He won numerous tournaments and was very proud of his hole-in-one on Hole #4 at River Hills Country Club. Another love, despite his fear of drowning, was fishing with friends and family. Joe always enjoyed listening to old school country such as Ray Price, Bob Wills and George Jones. The music always brought a smile to his face and brought comfort during his stay at Care Choice Nursing Home.
The family would like to send out a special Thank You to the staff at Care Choice for the wonderful way they treated Pop with such love and respect. Another Thank You goes out to St. Mark Presbyterian Church for their love and support of the family.
A Celebration of Life is planned for Saturday, January 7, 2017 at 2 p.m. at St. Mark Presbyterian Church, 208 W Bandera Rd, Boerne, Texas with a reception to follow at the Honey Creek Ranch, 26226 Highway 46 W, Spring Branch, Texas. The family welcomes everyone to join them in sharing stories, laughing, remembering and celebrating the life of a wonderful man.
To leave condolences for the family and to view a video of Joe's life, please visit www.ebensberger-fisher.com and select the Obituaries tab.
Arrangements with Ebensberger-Fisher Funeral Home of Boerne