He graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School. He then joined the Air Force, serving in World War II and flying C-47s in Europe. After the war, he returned to Austin and graduated from the University of Texas with a Bachelor of Business Administration in 1950.
He married Maurine Highsmith, and they had a son, John, and a daughter, Ann.
John and Maurine lived in San Antonio until he was called back into the service and served in the Korean and Vietnam wars. He was also was assigned to Okinawa and Ethiopia.
John received a Bronze Star among other medals for his service and then retired from the Air Force as a lieutenant colonel in 1968, after which he attended the Seminary of the Southwest in Austin. He was ordained Dec. 1, 1971, by the Rev. Stanley Houser.
His service as an Episcopal priest took him to Raymondville as vicar of Epiphany from 1971 to 1973, then to two churches at the same time: Rector of St. Phillip’s in Beeville and Church of the Good Shepherd in George West from 1973 to 1983. He then moved to Llano to Grace Church from 1983 to 1995.
Several years after Maurine passed away, John found love again and married Susan Bransford in 2001 in San Antonio. They enjoyed traveling, entertaining friends and spending time with their dogs, Cody and Zeke. They lived on Lake LBJ since their marriage and adored their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. They attended St. Luke’s-Cypress Mill Episcopal Church for more than 15 years.
John was preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Katherine Dunham; brother Walter Dunham; first wife, Maurine Highsmith; son John Spofford Dunham Jr.; and daughter, Ann Ragland Pond.
Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Susan Dunham; granddaughters, Allicen Cano and husband Paul and Elizabeth Cromartie and husband Philip; great-grandchildren, Ethan John Montemayor, Isabelle Rose Cano, Kade Philip Cromartie and Kole Dunham Cromartie; daughter-in-law, Susie Ganch and husband Allan; son-in-law, Dale Pond; nephews, Walt Dunham, Rick Dunham and Roy Kindrick; and Susan’s children, Jackson and Marilyn Doege, Paul and Diane Doege, Lisa and Mike Mahoney and their children and grandchildren.
The family would like to give special thanks to the team from Hill Country Memorial Hospice, private caregiver Susan Johnson and Dr. Pamela Cantu for their compassionate care in John’s final days.
A memorial service is 1 p.m. March 4 at St. Luke’s-Cypress Mill Church, 263 Spur 962 in Cypress Mill.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hill Country Memorial Hospice, P.O. Box 835, Fredericksburg, TX 78624; or St. Luke’s-Cypress Mill Episcopal Church, 263 Spur 962, Cypress Mill, TX 78663. Please include John’s name with your memorial.
Arrangements by Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Home, 307 E. Sandstone in Llano, (325) 247-4300. Email condolences to email@example.com.