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1938 Roger 2020

Roger Dunbar

July 11, 1938 — December 11, 2020

Roger Dunbar passed away on December 11, 2020 at the age of 82, in Durango, Colorado.

Roger was born to Wayne Dunbar & Dorothy Reeves Dunbar Sears in Griegos (now Albuquerque), New Mexico and grew up in Colorado Springs, CO.

He began his storied and adventurous life by serving his country in the U.S. Air Force. He later became a contracted Electrical Engineer for NASA, focusing on modular flight simulation. His career began in Florida, where he met his beautiful German wife, Tina Dorothea Dunbar (Reith), where she was working as an au pair for an astronaut and his family. He was smitten and later traveled to Germany to ask for her family’s blessing to marry her and proposed to her in Zurich. They stayed in Florida for a short while and began their family with a son, Shawn, and soon moved to Houston, Texas, where Roger worked at the NASA Johnson Space Center. Their family grew when they had their daughter, Tanya, and continued their life together until Tina’s death in 1997.

Roger eventually returned to his beloved home state of Colorado. He enjoyed traveling the world, playing basketball, and making memories with family in Germany, family in Texas, and all the friends that he made everywhere and in between.

He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Tina Dunbar. He is survived by his children, Shawn Dunbar and his wife Amanda Dunbar, and his daughter Tanya Dunbar Williams and her husband John Williams, and all his grandchildren, Koen Dunbar, Schaefer Dunbar, Jagger Williams, Jett Williams, Tyce Williams, Tinsley Williams and step-granddaughter Kayleigh Williams. He is also survived by two older siblings: Gene Dunbar and Marylyn Sears; nieces and nephews: Relaine Scott, Mike Dunbar, Greg Dunbar& Bryan Dunbar, and Brenda Bramwell & David Sears; from Germany: Brothers-in-law Herbert Reith and his wife Gabriella, Jogi Reith and his wife Kornelia, & Karl Reith and his wife Claudia; nephew and nieces: Thomas Schubert & Cristina Reith (Elias & Claudius), and Michael, Sven, Nicole, & Kevin Reith, Pauola, and Benny and Andreas Schubert, Judith and Melanie, and many friends and neighbors.

Donations, in honor of Roger D. Dunbar, may be made to your favorite cancer research organization or the Adaptive Sports Association of Durango, CO ColoradoGives.






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