Kurt DuNard, born Oct. 12, 1950, to Paul L. DuNard Sr. and Dorothy DuNard in Yakima, Washington, passed away Sept. 21, 2019, in Kirkland, Washington, of a massive coronary. He leaves behind three sisters, Barbara DuNard, Diana Alba and Dorothy Stokes; one brother, Paul L. DuNard Jr.; and his wife of 46 years, Joan DuNard.

Kurt attended Lee Elementary School and University High School and attained his bachelor’s degree at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Kurt was a renaissance man and avid reader and learner who had several careers, first teaching industrial arts then running his own boutique gift business, followed by a stint as a pharmaceutical detail man and eventually was a stock broker attaining the level of vice president at Oppenheimer & Co., Seattle, in its boutique investment banking division.

When he left Wall Street, he built his own New England saltbox home in Stockton, Missouri, where he farmed organically. He then became a published writer of the book “Exceptional Life: Living the Life You Were Meant to Live” while he resided in Franklin, Tennessee, and was a member of the National Speakers Association. He moved back to the Pacific Northwest in support of his wife’s career.

Kurt loved reading, hiking, camping, diving, boating, traveling, cooking, visiting with friends and gardening. He enjoyed jazz and classical music and the arts. He made beautiful furniture and could fix almost anything. Kurt was retired and resided in Stanwood, Washington. His wife, Joan, credits him for much of her success in her career, as he was a lovingly supportive Christian soul mate. His smile and sense of humor are missed.

In lieu of flowers or gifts, please donate in memory of Kurt William DuNard at www.unity.org/donate.

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