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David Edward Dunlap

November 27, 1941 ~ July 11, 2020 (age 78) 78 Years Old

David Dunlap Obituary

David Edward Dunlap, 78, of South Bend passed away at 4:41 p.m. Saturday, July 11th,   surrounded by his loving family.  David was born November 27, 1941 in Rochester, MN to the late Phyllis M. (Baillie) and Dr. David Logan Dunlap and had lived in South Bend most of his life.   On September 8, 1962 he married the love of his life, Billie R. Leslie who survives.  Also surviving are his children, Deborah D. Shafer (James) of South Bend, David L. Dunlap II (Daneen) of Naperville, IL and Leslie B. Henegar (Jeffrey) of Franklin, TN; 4 grandchildren, Allison Shafer, David (Mary) Shafer, D. Logan Dunlap III, and Cassandra Dunlap; 1 great-grandchild who is on the way; sister, Diane “Dinny” Sisley (Fred) of Burlington, NC; his brother, V. Baillie Dunlap (Jean) of Oklahoma City, OK; and his sister-in-law, Joyce Linnett (Mark) of Martinez, CA.

              David always lived by the mantra of the four pillars to set a strong foundation: FAITH, FAMILY, EDUCATION and SERVICE. No one better personified all four of these beliefs than David Dunlap. He was passionate about all four of these pillars, and those who knew him, know he fought fiercely for all four.

FAITH: David was a member of First Presbyterian Church of South Bend his entire life. He served many terms as both a deacon and elder, while also teaching Sunday School in his earlier years. Almost until the very end, he continued to serve as an usher when able and take monthly casseroles to the Hope Rescue Mission.

FAMILY: David embodied the essence of a family man. Everything he did, was with his family in mind. Always leading by example in a quiet way, life lessons were learned just by being around him.

EDUCATION: David was extremely passionate about education. He always considered himself an educator first, and coach second. Although he had great success in both arenas, through the melding of the two, he was able to mentor and mold many young lives. Many of the students and athletes he had over the years, became an extension of his family.

SERVICE: Even after his retirement from teaching in 2001, David continued to serve the youth and schools of South Bend Community School Corporation and St. Joe County. He served on the South Bend Alumni Association, Scholarship Foundation of St. Joe County, as well as the Souhth Bend Education Foundation.  Although all were important to him, the one that drew him the most was the South Bend Alumni Association, as they support both extra-curricular and co-curricular programs. David was a firm believer that students who were involved both inside and outside of the classroom were more successful in school, due to feeling they belonged.

     A celebration of life gathering will be held at the Palmer Community Complex, 601 N. Michigan St., Lakeville, IN from 4 until 7 p.m. on Thursday July 16th.  Due to the current COVID-19 Pandemic everyone is required to wear a face mask and observe social distancing.  A private memorial service will be held at the Palmer Funeral Home Guisinger Chapel. 

     Memorial contributions in David’s name may be made to the Scholarship Foundation of St. Joseph County 3515 N. Main Street Suite C Mishawaka, IN 46545, South Bend Alumni Association 215 S. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Blvd South Bend, IN 46601, South Bend Education Foundation PO Box 119 South Bend, IN 46624, or Center for Hospice and Palliative Care, Inc. 111 Sunnybrook Ct South Bend, IN 46637 in lieu of flowers.  Palmer Funeral Home – Welsheimer Chapel is assisting the family with arrangements.  Family and friends may leave email condolences at

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Memorial Visitation
July 16, 2020

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Palmer Community Complex
601 N. Michigan St.
Lakeville, IN 46536


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