Hi there!

I’m Dee Unamuno, my parents named me Delores, but everyone calls me Dee. Let me just say I had the best, most wonderful parents, Joe and Erma Lopez. My brothers, Jay and Don, and sisters, Bonnie and Betty, and I have such happy memories from our lives together with our parents. I remember bottling homemade soda pop, my dad playing guitar and singing in Spanish, and a list that can go on forever.

I married the love of my life, a tall, dark, handsome man, named Luis Unamuno. Everyone called him ‘Lou’ or ‘Louie.’ Together, we first had Tim who is an angel with special needs and loves hamburgers, cookies, and Diet Coke. Then we had Jody 13 years later. She was the apple of her dad’s eye. Jody didn’t get to know her dad for very long, as he left Earth just a few days before his 42nd birthday. She was just barely a 1 year old. Lou’s passing broke my heart into a million pieces and I finally got it all put back together the day I left my Earthly journey and was able to hold his hand once again. I’m a very lucky girl.

I am so grateful that Jody found the love of her life, Steven Knecht. I feel at peace knowing Steven is there for her. He has always been so wonderful to me and I love all he’s done for our family.

My Jody, has been the fuel in my tank and my bridge over troubled water. Our lives together, we’ve been like super glue. I’m so proud of her!

Steven and Jody gave me my sweet little granddaughter’s, Samantha Dee and Jamie Lou. Those two gave me such sunshine, joy, and laughter. They are truly life elevated and I know they’ll remember me and all of our adventures together! For sure, they’ll tell you about me sitting with a Diet Coke, Harvey the dog at my feet, and me watching Criminal Minds. I really like crime drama’s and murder mysteries. They are such fun things to do on Earth! Other great things love are camping, fishing, picnics, BBQ, movies, and listening to music. To me it’s pure joy to watch my son, Tim, eating fried chicken at the park and putting the pop can to his ear so he could hear it fizz. When I became a member of the LDS church, another thing I liked was going to church and listening to the hymns.

Well, I had a great 83 years on earth. You take the bad with the good and like my brother Jay said, “You take the lumps and bruises as they come and dig your way out like everybody else!”

I, along with all of our family, were separated by death, from my sweetheart, Lou; our dear parents, Joe and Erma; our handsome brother’s, Jay and Don; Jay's daughter Addie, his grandson Matthew, Don’s sweetheart wife, Diane; their son, Tony; and Bonnie’s son, Steve.

I left Earth on September 22, 2020 following a traumatic and painful fall which broke my humerous bone. If you ask me, it’s a dumb name for a bone!

When invited to a bridal shower and everyone was asked to bring a recipe, I figured who needs more meatloaf and casseroles. So, this is an excerpt from the recipe I took:

A Sure Recipe for a Happy Day:

Happiness is something we create in our mind. It’s not something we search for and so seldom find. It’s just waking up and beginning the day by counting our blessings and kneeling to pray.

I love you all! Try to be happy! Try to be kind!

Until we meet again,

A Viewing will be held on Wednesday, September 30, 2020 from 12:30 pm to 2:15 pm at Memorial Redwood Mortuary located at 6500 South Redwood Road in West Jordan, Utah 84123 with a Graveside Service to immediately follow at the same location. All are welcome!

Please note that masks must be worn at all Viewing and Funeral services per the Salt Lake County directive



Wednesday, Sep. 30, 2020 12:30 PM - 2:15 PM
Memorial Redwood Mortuary
6500 South Redwood Road
West Jordan, UT 84123

Funeral Service

Wednesday, Sep. 30, 2020 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Memorial Redwood Mortuary
6500 South Redwood Road
West Jordan, UT 84123

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Memorial Redwood Mortuary & Cemetery
6500 S Redwood Rd
Salt Lake City, UT

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Sep 28, 2020

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So sorry for the loss of your mother, grandmother, Freind. I know she was a wonderful person, because my daughter Bailee became her friend. I pray for 🙏 peace and comfort for you all.

Deanna Taylor , Syracuse, UT, US Sep 29, 2020

Hi Deanna-

You have a lot to be proud of in Bailee. My mom thought of her as one of her own. She is an amazing person and I will always think of her as family because of how she took care of my mom when I couldn't be in that building because of Covid-19. She deserves all the respect that I have. My mom adored Bailee. CNA's are ministering angels on Earth. Thank you for sharing your daughter with the ones that need her gifts so much.

Jody Knecht

Jody Knecht , Layton, UT, US Oct 17, 2020