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Gary Dullum - Year Entered 1968

Gary Dullum

This is the obituary from Faith Dullum, Gary Dullum's wife:

Gary Dullum th was born Oct. 3, 1950, in Minneapolis, MN to Edward & Muriel Dullum, the first of 4 living children, one previously having been stillborn.

At age 6, his family moved nearby to Bloomington, where he attended K-12, graduating from John F. Kennedy H.S. in 1968.  As a youth he was a Cub Scout member, and he enjoyed playing saxophone in the high school band.


Gary left home in 1968 to attend Ambassador College in Pasadena, CA.  After one year he transferred to the Big Sandy, TX campus. He made many friends during his college years, and especially enjoyed playing saxophone in the college band. While attending Ambassador College, Gary was baptized on April 1, 1969.


After graduating in 1972, Gary continued working for the college as an IBM computer operator. In July, 1976, Gary became employed as an Auditor for the Texas State Comptroller’s Office in Houston, transferring to Dallas in 2007, when he and Faith moved to Little Elm.  In 2018 he received a Certificate of Recognition for 40 years of service. Gary also worked 2 years for First City Bank in Houston.  Gary took on a second job during the tax season preparing taxes at H&R Block for 37 years. He also taught some classes for both the Comptroller’s Office and for HRB.


In 1975 Gary got his MBA degree from Stephen F. Austin University.


Gary and Faith (Ling) were married on July 10, 1977, and were very blessed with one son, David, born August 29, 1982.

 In March 1994, Gary became a Certified Public Accountant. He became an AICPA member, and enjoyed proctoring at CPA exams. Through ISACA he became a CISA (Certified Information Systems Auditor), and member of the CPE Foundation (Continuing Professional Education). He took a turn as president of his professional association.

Gary traveled many years with his job, auditing companies conducting business in the State of Texas. He had a love for flying and aviation that germinated at a young age when his father worked as a Braniff International Airlines dispatcher. Gary once impressed NASA tour guides when he successfully landed a space shuttle simulator.

Gary was conscientious about his spiritual convictions. At age 15 he attended the Radio Church of God (later named Worldwide Church of God). Over the years doctrinal changes/concerns caused him to change affiliations. In 1995 he began with the United Church of God, and in 2010 he began with the Church of God, a Worldwide Assn. His love for brethren in all Church of God fellowships remained strong.

The big highlight of his life was traveling to many fall festival (Feast of Tabernacles) sites around the world. In 2016, he and Faith flew home from Sri Lanka by flying the rest of the way around the world.

He served in his church in singing groups, choirs and in song leading.  He especially loved religious and big band music. He loved to watch plays, particularly musicals.

 Gary loved to cook delicious meals, and enjoyed watching TV cooking shows.  He particularly enjoyed chocolate chip ice-cream, chocolate chip cookies, and jelly beans.

 With his loving family at his side, Gary died at home on Sep. 21, 2018, after a 9 month battle with pancreatic cancer. In order for family/friends to attend, a memorial service was scheduled for Nov. 17, 2018.

Gary was preceded in death by a stillborn sibling and both parents. His survivors include his wife, Faith; son, David and wife, Amy (Goloby), two brothers, Gregory (Marie) of Cape Girardeau, MO., and Bradley (Judie) of Brodhead, WI.; a sister, Linda (Calvin Ray) Murphy of Monrovia, CA.; mother and father-in-law; many nieces and nephews.

The memorial service for Gary is scheduled for Sabbath afternoon, November 17, at 4:15 p.m.  The address is:  Unity Church, 6525 Forest Lane, Dallas, Texas  75230.  Regular church services begin at 2 p.m. and everyone is welcome to attend those as well.  Services will get over a bit early to allow about a 1/2 hour break. 

The Memorial service will begin at 4:15.  Immediately after the Memorial everyone is invited to go to the fellowship hall (in the same building) for snacks and visiting.  There will also be picture displays of Gary in the fellowship hall.

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11/14/18 11:40 PM #1    

Cledice Decker (1959)


Norman Edwards
Norman Edwards 10:38am Nov 14

I will never forget Gary. He was the lead computer operator when I started my first computer job as a student programmer in January 1975. He was a very orderly, get-everything-right person. He quickly taught me that a "try it and see what happens" approach is not always appreciated in real-life business. I am sure that I was not always easy to deal with. It is wonderful to see that he lived a long and productive life.



Bill Hughes

Gary Dullum played sax in the Pasadena band during his one year at AC Pasadena.  In 2013, Las Vegas, he and sister Linda attended the first of the final three AC Pasadena Reunions after a 20 year absence from any reunion.  That first one was created for Pasadena Big Band founder Joe Bauer 1965-1970.  Joe was was forced out of Pasadena by GTA to Big Sandy to prepare for the America Listen Campaign and subsequent GTA Personal Appearances Tours.

It was great to see Gary at that first reunion for Joe.  Funny how we remember people even when we know them for only a tiny short time.  But the AC college days were alive and vibrant comprising the prime time of our lives!

So glad, Linda, that you and Gary attended that reunion in Las Vegas.  Peace to you and yours.



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