MEDINA — Medina Mayor Dennis Hanwell remembers the late Bill Dunn very fondly.
“Bill Dunn worked tirelessly for our city as our first full-time parks director,” he said Monday. “He assisted in adding parks land, sports fields for multiple sports, and helped start and build many of the youth sports associations we have today.
“The youth football field was named in honor of Bill to recognize and commemorate all he did for our parks system and community. We are thankful and appreciative of all Bill did for our city.”
William Martin “Bill” Dunn Jr., 80, of Westfield Center, died Thursday after a long illness.
He was a teacher and coach for Medina Schools, but later became the first full-time Medina City Parks and Recreation director. During his time as director, most of the present park land was acquired. The development of the tennis courts, football, baseball and soccer fields, nature trails and the one of the first disc golf courses in Ohio were some of his lasting accomplishments.
After retiring from the city, Dunn had a second career selling real estate in Medina County.
He will forever be memorialized at Bill Dunn Field, a football field for youth teams.
“Bill played a significant part in making our park system what it is today,” Medina Parks Director Jansen Wehrley said.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Jacqulyn, daughter Lisa (Tim) Saneda of Lemon Grove, California, and son, Kevin (Lisa) Dunn of Westfield Center and granddaughters Emily and Megan Dunn.
Dunn’s family will receive friends 10-11 a.m. today at the Waite and Son Funeral Home, 765 N. Court St., Medina. A celebration of life service will begin at 11 a.m. A private burial will take place at Westfield Center Cemetery.