Dunn, Paul Robert Vercoe
Paul Robert Vercoe Dunn, 48, passed away suddenly but peacefully in his sleep Jan. 19, 2007. He was a long-time Tahoe City resident and second homeowner.
Paul was born Aug. 8, 1958, in Shipley, Yorkshire, England. He was 2 years old when his family moved by ocean liner to Brisbane, Australia. His love for the ocean began at a very early age, along with a love of surfing and other water sports.
Another move took place in 1973, when Paul was 15 years old, to Palos Verdes, Calif. Lucky for Paul, he could still continue surfing right out his back door. After graduating from Palos Verdes High School in 1976, he attended El Camino Community College in Southern California. His bartending career began at Beach Bum Burt’s, a local favorite. From there, Paul moved to Mammoth to try snow skiing.
His love for the mountains grew, so in 1983 he searched out the Tahoe area and found Jake’s on the Lake, where he was a bartender for 10 years.
After meeting his wife, Christie, at Jake’s, where they later held their wedding reception, the couple moved away from the Lake in 1993 so Paul could pursue a flying career. After just three years from flying his first Cessna in Santa Monica, Paul became first officer on the “ATR” with a quick upgrade to captain. After five years with the company, he upgraded as captain to the regional jet. After September 11, the airline industry took a real hit, as did Paul’s seniority, and he chose to end his 10-year flying career in 2003. He was most recently employed in sales at Manteca Trailer and Camper.
Paul’s favorite activities were fishing, dirt bike riding, snow skiing, riding his Ninja, jet skiing, boating and golf. He loved the once-a-year trip to Laguna Seca for the Super Bike and Moto GP races. You could also find him with Christie at the Cal football games.
Paul is survived by his loving wife, Christie; his father, Vercoe; and sister, Kay Dunn. He was preceded in death by his mother, Jean Dunn, in 1989. Paul also leaves behind his mother- and father-in-law, Roger and Betty Lane; brother-in-law, David Lane; sister-in-law, Michele Lane; and 13-year-old nephew, Ian Lane; and many Lane relatives.
A private family service was held Jan. 24, in Lodi, Calif. A joyous Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Condolences may be sent to: Christie Dunn, P.O. Box 88, Wallace, CA, 95254; and to Vercoe and Kay Dunn, 185 Lake Glen Drive, Carson City, NV, 89703.