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Introduced Version House Concurrent Resolution 47 History

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HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 47

(By Delegates Hamilton, Smith P., Skinner and Espinosa)




Requesting the Division of Highways to name a stretch of highway in Upshur County, West Virginia, on State Route 20 from mile post 26 at the intersection of State Route 20 and U. S. Route 33 to mile post 27 the "Thomas B. Dunn Memorial Highway".
     Whereas, Thomas B. Dunn died April 24, 2012 at the Avow Hospice House in Naples, Florida. He was born January 22, 1943 in Washington, Pennsylvania, a son of the late James Lincoln and Lucille Babbitt Dunn. He married Carol Jean Campbell on July 11, 1964, and they had two daughters, Tracy Cunningham (husband Mark) and Jennifer Fluke (husband Eric) of Buckhannon. In addition to being survived by his widow and daughters, he is survived by two granddaughters, Carson Cunningham and Caroline Fluke both of Buckhannon; two grandsons, Grant Cunningham and Bryson Fluke both of Buckhannon; his precious Bichon, Lilly; one brother, Joseph L. Dunn of Washington, Pennsylvania; one sister, Ann Bridges and husband Cliff of Greensboro, North Carolina and several nieces and nephews; and
     Whereas, Thomas B. Dunn was an exceptional leader and mentor to many in the community and oil & gas industry. He was respected and loved by many. Mr. Dunn graduated from Trinity High School, Washington, Pennsylvania, Class of 1960 and West Virginia Wesleyan College with a B.A. Degree, Class of 1964. He was the third generation in the oil and gas business. In his early years he worked in the field for Union Drilling, Inc., a drilling contractor and producer in the Appalachian Basin. After graduation from college, he worked full-time at Union Drilling, Inc. in Buckhannon, as Lease and Right-of-Way Agent, eventually working into the supervision of well completion. He became President of Union Drilling, Inc. in 1972, and held the position until 1987. He founded D-Aspen, Inc. in 1986 and served as president from 1986-1996. He founded Tuscany Gas, LLC in 1996 and served as a member. He co-founded Phoenix Diversified Ventures, Inc. in 1987 and served as President. He co-founded Phoenix Energy Sales Company in 1995 and served as president; co-founded T & F Operating, Inc. in 1998 and serves as President. He co-founded T & F Exploration, LP in 1998 and served as Limited Partner. At the time of his death he held membership in: Independent Oil & Gas Association of WV (IOGA WV), Pennsylvania Independent Oil & Gas Association (PIOGA), Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA), Ohio Oil & Gas Association (00GA), West Virginia Oil & Natural Gas Association (WVONGA), and the Society of Petroleum Engineers, Inc. He served IOGA WV as past president, as a member of the board of directors and a member of various committees. He served IPAA as Regional Governor, Director, Area Vice President, member of Executive Committee, and member of the Board of Governors, Roustabout Club charter member. He served WVONGA as past president, and was a member of the board of directors. He was former Vice President of Virginia Oil & Gas Association; former member of New York State Oil Producers Association, Inc.; actively participated in other states' associations. Thomas B. Dunn served Appalachian Energy Group (AEG) as President for several terms. He was a member of Board of Directors of St. Joseph's Hospital Foundation and a former member of the Board of Trustees of West Virginia Wesleyan College. He was a founding member of Naples National Golf Club and The Old Collier Golf Club both in Naples, Florida. He was involved in Buckhannon/Upshur County, West Virginia civic organizations, including one of the five who arranged initial broad community funding for the current Upshur County Development Authority. He was a former member of the West Virginia National Guard, Kappa Alpha Order Fraternity and was instrumental in the Buckhannon Parks & Recreational Complex. Thomas B. Dunn was recognized for his service to the Industry by Oil & Gas Associations and service to the community. He was the West Virginia Oil & Gas Man of the Year, 1982. He received the West Virginia Wesleyan College Alumni Award, 1982. He was the Buckhannon Business & Professional Women's Club Outstanding Employer of the Year, 1985. And, he was one of the two initial recipients of IOGA WV Distinguished Service "Gunslinger" Award, 1992. And, he greeted President George W. Bush upon his arrival at Morgantown Municipal Airport, Morgantown, West Virginia, July 4, 2005; and
     Whereas, When Thomas B. Dunn died of cancer in Naples, Florida in April, 2012, he left behind invaluable, often unknown contributions to the oil and gas industry, as well as to the Upshur County community. He was a man of boundless generosity, selfless, sacrificing and always smiling. Most of all, he was a wonderful and loving husband, father and grandfather who cherished his family more than anything. The contributions of this man to his community and industry should not go unnoticed; and
     Whereas, It is fitting to honor Thomas B. Dunn by naming a stretch of highway in Upshur County, West Virginia, on State Route 20 from mile post 26 at the intersection of State Route 20 and U. S. Route 33 to mile post 27 for Thomas B. Dunn; therefore, be it
     Resolved by the Legislature of West Virginia:
     That the Legislature hereby requests the Division of Highways to name a stretch of highway in Upshur County, West Virginia, on State Route 20 from mile post 26 at the intersection of State Route 20 and U. S. Route 33 to mile post 27 the "Thomas B. Dunn Memorial Highway"; and, be it
     Further Resolved, That the Division of Highways is hereby requested to have made and be placed signs identifying the stretch of highway as the "Thomas B. Dunn Memorial Highway"; and, be it
     Further Resolved, That the Clerk of the House of Delegates, forward a certified copy of this resolution to the Secretary of the Department of Transportation; and to the surviving widow, children and relatives of Thomas B. Dunn.
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