David E. Bunch, age 71 of Fernandina Beach, FL passed away on Friday, August 17, 2018 at the Warner Center for Caring.
Born in Fernandina Beach, Florida, he and his brother, Dennis were the first set of male twins born at Humphries Memorial Hospital to the late James W. “Jake” Bunch and Frances Elizabeth Davis Bunch.
After graduating from Fernandina Beach High School in 1964, David enlisted in the US Air Force where he served honorably and with distinction during the Vietnam War. David was stationed in Thailand as well as many locales across the United States until his retirement at the rank of Technical Sergeant in 1984.
He stayed in touch with his friends from high school. He loved the monthly gatherings when the Class of 1964 would gather for a meal.
David began his “Second Career” as Logistics Director of the Hurricane Island Outward Bound/STEP Program. While with Outward Bound, David’s support and experience impacted the students and staff alike.
Through Outward Bound/STEP he made friends across the United States and was known as “Papa Bear” by some. From cooking to repairing a tent zipper or a camp stove, to advice in handling ethical challenges, David provided guidance and an example to instructors and staff who were often in need of a mentor. One staff member wrote of David, he learned from him “how to be both firm and fair”.
Upon retiring from Outward Bound he spent extended periods of time traveling the entire United States where he took the time to stop and visit with friends along the way.
David’s fondness of cooking was legendary but it was his seafood dishes which were most memorable. Both his Shrimp Potato Salad and his Shrimp Gumbo were enjoyed each time he would prepare them.
He is preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Howard Bunch and Gary Bunch; a niece, Tammy and a nephew, Chris.
He leaves behind his twin brother, Dennis (Sarah) Bunch and brother, Jerry Bunch both of Fernandina Beach, Florida; nieces and nephews, Raul, Jeffrey, Elizabeth, Jennifer, Cindy, James, Melinda King, Michael, Amey, Sharon, and Phillip.
A Memorial Service, with military honors, will be held, Saturday, September 8, 2018 at 11:00 AM at Five Points Baptist Church with Pastor Frank Camarotti officiating.