Paul Wood Dunkley, 82 years old. Born December 29, 1941, Payson, Utah. Died of natural causes January 13, 2024, American Fork, Utah.

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Paul was raised in Utah County, Tennessee, Minnesota, and Arizona - where he lettered in track at Hayden High School. He graduated from American Fork High School in 1960. He attended BYU, (and later) Weber State University. He served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Western Canadian Mission. Paul served in the Army National Guard 1457 Engineering Battalion.

Paul married Bonnie Jean Barker of American Fork, on April 24, 1964, in the Salt Lake Temple. They have six children, 18 grandchildren, and three great grandchildren.

Paul provided for his family with occupation at Signetics, US Steel, Evans & Sutherland, Litton Industries, Larson Davis and 35 years as a professor at Utah Valley University teaching: electrical engineering, robotic technology, calculus, and digital & audio sound.

Paul loved to serve people. He faithfully served in many church callings over his lifetime, including bishop of the BYU 172nd Ward. He was an original member of the first all volunteer American Fork Ambulance service. His talents with audio systems were shared for many years with Church ward / stake activities, AF High School events, Utah Regional Ballet and AF Little League Baseball. It continued as a member of the AF Arts Council concert series and military programs held at the cemetery. If there was an opportunity to cook using dutch ovens, he was the first to volunteer. He fixed many TVs and radios over the years, especially for the elderly.

He was known to many simply as “Dunk” and to his family as “Perky”. He was always excited to see anyone he knew and greeted them with a big smile and hello. He was also very kind and interested in strangers and meeting new people. Their story mattered to him. He was a family man and attended his children's many events despite often working two jobs.

Paul loved hunting and fishing as well as building and flying radio controlled airplanes as a member of local flying clubs. Over his lifetime he has owned 22 motorcycles and always had at least one on standby for a joy ride or to take him to work. He enjoyed designing sound equipment including building speakers and amplifiers. He also could use woodworking and carpentry skills around the home.

Paul is survived by his spouse, Bonnie; daughters, Lori McClure, Gina Larsen (Stephen), Mindi Neilsen (Ian); sons, Sean Paul (Jules), Jason "Jake" (Jozette), Tim (Lindsey); twin sister, Helen Christensen (Neil); brother, James (Joyce); sister-in-law, Sandra Dunkley (Melvin); and brother- in-law, Paul Mathis (Luann). Preceded in death by his parents, Melvin Edson Dunkley and Mary Dorthella Wood; sister Betty John (Lynn); brother, Melvin Dunkley (Sandra); and sister-in-law, Luann Mathis (Paul).

Funeral services will be held Monday, January 22, 2024 at 11 a.m. at the American Fork East Stake Center, 825 East 500 North. Friends may visit family Sunday, January 21st from 6 to 8 p.m. at Anderson & Sons Mortuary, 49 E 100 N, American Fork, and Monday from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. at the American Fork East Stake Center, 825 East 500 North.

Interment and graveside service will be held at the American Fork Cemetery following the Monday funeral service.

In lieu of flowers, please either make a donation to a charity of your choice, a ward missionary fund, or serve someone today.

Services

Viewing

Sunday, Jan. 21, 2024 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Anderson & Sons Mortuary
49 East 100 North
American Fork, UT 84003

Viewing

Monday, Jan. 22, 2024 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM
American Fork East Stake Center
825 East 500 North
American Fork, UT 84003

Funeral Service

Monday, Jan. 22, 2024 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
American Fork East Stake Center
825 East 500 North
American Fork, UT 84003

Services Handled By

Anderson & Sons Mortuary - American Fork Chapel
49 East 100 North
American Fork, UT

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Jan 16, 2024

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I had "Dunk" as an instuctor back in about '82. He was pivotal in my success as a person and I don't think he ever realized what a difference he made. I had him for a electronics course that dealt with Op-Amps and he was amazing at teaching. I struggled as it was a complicated subject. I was a B or B+ student. When grades came out, I got an A out of him. I was so gob-smacked that I went and talked to him. Paul, why did I get an A out of your class? He said - Because you deserved it! I never forgot that. He shared with me his vision of me and I never let that go. I could do better because Paul saw better in me that I didn't. I went on to nearly get straight A's in every class after that. I put in that little extra effort that Paul saw in me. I went on later and got another associates degree in computer science. I continued to get nearly straight A's because of him and graduated with honors. Paul brought out excellence in me. It's an amazing thing to be able to make positive changes in people around you. Paul did that. I remember and love that smile he always met people with. Love you Dunk and will see you on the other side.

Terry Carter , Pflugerville, TX, US Jan 19, 2024

I am so grateful to have known Paul. I never called him Paul, for me it was always "Perky". Some people leave an indelible impression on your life. Paul did that for me. Thank you Perky. I know you are in a great place. You are loved so much. I will miss you.

Tim LaComb , Provo, UT, US Jan 17, 2024

Sorry to hear of Paul's passing, he was my professor in College. He also taught me a phrase that I have used all my life, "It's better than a poke in the eye with a sharp stick". That phrase makes anything sound better. Paul is a great man.

Mike Poulson , Orem, UT, US Jan 16, 2024

Sorry to hear of Paul's passing, he was my professor in College. He also taught me a phrase that I have used all my life, "It's better than a poke in the eye with a sharp stick". That phrase makes anything sound better. Paul is a great man.

Mike Poulson , Orem, UT, US Jan 16, 2024

We were all so very sorry to hear of the passing of dear Paul. He was always so fun to be around & so very talented. We have so many wonderful memories of times our families spent together. He will truly be missed. Much love & prayers to all of you.

The Wood Family: Jon & Carol, Joel & Dorene, Karen & Clair Jan 16, 2024

We were all so very sorry to hear of the passing of dear Paul. He was always so fun to be around & so very talented. We have so many wonderful memories of times our families spent together. He will truly be missed. Much love & prayers to all of you.

The Wood Family: Jon & Carol, Joel & Dorene, Karen & Clair Jan 16, 2024

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