By Tiffany Pelt - email
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – An entire community is mourning the loss of devoted Idalou teacher and family man Danny Gunn who died Saturday after his truck was hit by a train.
The accident happened around 2:30 p.m. while Danny, 49, was in San Antonio with students for the Stock Show and Rodeo. Reports say the train conductor saw Gunn's truck approaching and blew his horn, but was unable to stop in time.
"I was in San Antonio because my granddaughter shows pigs," said Johnny Harkins, friend of Danny. "My understanding is there were no lights, and another trailer was parked or stopped in front of the tracks. He pulled out to go around it, and he didn't see the train coming. Just shocked, everybody just couldn't believe something like that happened." said Harkins describing the accident.
For several years, Danny worked with the same Ag partner teaching classes and leading the FFA program for Idalou, but now his chair will be empty as his students return to class for the first time since his death.
"Everything was just so different without him there. We weren't working in the shop, and it was just weird not having him there," said Tylo Kirkpatrick, one of Danny's students. "The Ag building was just full of counselors all day, and I think some students were there most of the day."
"No one knows what will happen tomorrow when the kids get here because each kid is affected differently," said Jim Waller, Idalou ISD superintendent.
Danny leaves behind a wife, two sons, a daughter and much more. "The legacy that he's going to leave is that he was an extremely hard worker. He had high expectations and he modeled those expectations," said Waller. "People are going to remember him, they're going to remember that he cared and cared about every kid. He wanted them to do their best."
That legacy will live on through his students. A memorial scholarship has been set up in Danny Gunn's name at the Vista Bank in Idalou. "He's a super guy; always smiling, and always friendly. He never had a bad word to say about anybody. He's just a good guy and we're going to miss him a bunch here in Idalou," said Harkins.
Funeral services for Danny will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. at the Post Cemetery. Memorial services will follow at 4 p.m. at the gym in Post.
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