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1947 David 2021

David Clair Dunn

November 16, 1947 — August 3, 2021

David Dunn
Salt Lake City, Utah

David Clair Dunn passed away peacefully on August 3, 2021, at his home in Salt Lake City. David was born November 16, 1947 to Clarence D Dunn and Ruth Sophia Utley in Richfield, Utah. From an early age he became an integral part of his family farm in Joseph where he helped raise the animals and developed an amazing work ethic he kept for the rest of his life. When he wasn't working on the farm, David enjoyed fishing in local creeks with his family.

During David’s teenage years, he began to work at the Big Rock Candy Mountain Resort. Here he developed the cooking, public relations, and management skills that would serve him so well throughout his life. He then chose to serve a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Auckland, New Zealand, where he developed a love for the Maori people.

After his mission, David attended Southern Utah State College in Cedar City where he earned a B.S. in Business Management. Now armed with his degree, David returned to work at the Big Rock Candy Mountain Resort where he began to develop a deep interest in Native American art and culture. This led him to start his own Native American art gallery, the TP Gallery, on Main Street in Salt Lake City in 1975. For the next 44 years, David lovingly ran his gallery and made wonderful friends in the Salt Lake business community before closing the gallery doors for the last time in 2019.

David will be remembered as a kind and generous soul who, although he was always busy with many projects, never thought twice about taking the time to chat and see how you were doing. David was preceded in death by his parents Clarence and Ruth Dunn; as well as his sister Carolyn Ruth Dunn Lee. He is survived by his brother, Hayven William Dunn, Annabella, UT.

Cremation services will take place at the Magleby Mortuary Crematory.  Memorial services to be held Friday, August 13, 2021 at 1:30 p.m. at the Jenkins-Soffe Murray location, 4760 South State.  Additional memorial services will be held Saturday, August 14, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. in the Magleby Mortuary Chapel in Richfield.  Burial of cremated remains will be in the Joseph Cemetery.  Funeral Directors: Magleby Mortuary, Richfield, Salina and Manti. Online guestbook at

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Service Schedule

Past Services

Memorial Service

Friday, August 13, 2021

Starts at 1:30 pm (Mountain time)

Jenkins-Soffe Mortuary--Murray Facility

4760 S State St, Murray, UT 84107

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Memorial Service

Saturday, August 14, 2021

Starts at 5:00 pm (Mountain time)

Magleby Mortuary Chapel, Richfield, Utah


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50 South 100 West

, Richfield, UT 84701

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