By Christie Post - email
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – Family and friends laid Danny Gunn, 49, to rest Wednesday afternoon in Post. The popular agriculture teacher died Saturday when a train collided with his pick-up in San Antonio. He was there with his Idalou students for the stock show and rodeo. Gunn died doing what he loved, helping his students.
Following the funeral, people gathered for a memorial service. Those whose lives were touched by Gunn came to remember the man they said would brighten anyone's day.
"I'm doing good right now you see me smiling. But the reason why I'm smiling is because I am so proud. This is amazing and he would love it. Every bit of it," said Garrett Gun, Gunn's oldest son.
1,000 people attended and filled the post gymnasium to remember the legacy of Danny Gunn, who made a difference for many people.
"What a great tribute to our society and our occupation. We lost a great one. But the memories are there and they can't take that away from us. I wish that could of been another 20 years," said Gunn's co-worker.
Gunn was known for changing the lives of the kids he taught. Just days after his sudden death, tears and laughter filled the room with stories from his life.
"They would squat down and look at the pigs. Look at their behind and make sure they're wide. I would squat down with them, I didn't know what else to do," said Gunn's longtime friend.
His son said Gunn was proud of everything he did and held his head high. "Just the little things, one time he told me and Brady. Dad, where did you learn to back a trailer and he said he would always do it for his dad. And I just took pride in it," said Garrett Gunn.
But even more so Danny Gunn was proud of his name. "That name is so much important than my first. Because it's something that he gave me and that I can be proud of forever," said Gunn's son.
More memories flooded the room like Gunn's contagious smile. His son-in-law read a poem titled Gone written by David Harkins, 1981. "You can cry close your mind and be empty and turn your back. Or do what he would want. Smile, open your eyes, love and go on," said Gunn's son-in-law.
Gunn's legacy will live on through his daughter and two sons. And they will never forget the last words he always said to them. "I love you girl. I love you boy," said Gunn's longtime friend.
They will also remember Gunn for his one liners and the wisdom he shared. "I'll use some Dannyisms to regurgitate it - get in the race and stay in it," said Gunn's pastor.
The pastor finished and said Danny Gunn has finished the race, but he will not be forgotten by those who met him in his life journey.
Two memorial scholarship funds have been set up to honor Danny and benefit his children.
Danny Gunn Memorial Scholarship
c/o Troy Stegemoeller
PO Box 858 Idalou, TX 79329
Lone Star Bank
2499 74th St Lubbock, TX 79423
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