Funeral services with full military honors for Lt. Col. David P. Brunstad, Ret., 68, was held Monday, December 12, 2010, at Hight Funeral Home Memorial Park Chapel with Bro. Nelson Hight officiating. Burial followed at Forrest Memorial Park Garden of Reformation.
Lt. Col. Bunstad died Thursday, Dec. 9, 2010, in Memphis, Tennessee. He was born Nov. 10, 1942, in Aberdeen, Washington. He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps at age 17 after graduating from Quinault high school in 1961. In 1963, he was classified through naval aviation and ordinance training while stationed inMillington, Tenn., where he met and married his wife of 46 years, Patsy Bingham Brunstad of Corinth. They moved to Yuma, Ariz. In 1967, he was deployed for combat duty to the Republic of Vietnam. Leaving Vietnam in 1968, he attended drill instructors school in Parris Island, S.C. He again transferred back to Yuma, Ariz. Most of his 30 year career was in aviation ordinance and dealt with storage transportation logistics and maintenance. He served in Jacksonville, Fla. Iwakuni and Okinawa Japan, and Yuma for the third time. He was also assigned to Camp Pendleton, Calif., Kaneoke Bay, Hawaii, and Cherry Point, N.C. His last assignment was working within the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. He loved the Marine Corps.
He retired to Memphis, Tenn., and owned a successful inspection company until 2005. He was a Christian and a member of the Central Church in Collierville, a Mason, and the Mustangs Association. He traveled many times with friends and family to Ireland, Scotland, Niagra Falls and many other places. He enjoyed fly fishing and fly tying, rod making, collecting knives and working on his computer and was very good at whatever he did. He worked with Healing Waters, donated time to Partners in Hospital at St. Jude Hospital.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Harold and Ellen Brunstad; a daughter, Lina Brunstad Haskin; grandson, Branden Haskin; granddaughter, Heather Haskin; nephew, Kenny Brunstad; father-in-law, Grady Bingham; and brother-in-law, Leck Fraley Jr.
Survivors include his wife of 46 years, Patsy Bingham Brunstad of Memphis, Tenn; daughter, Nancy Stoneman of Nashville, Tenn.; grandson, David Haskin (Felicia) of Yuma, Ariz.; grandson, Matthew Stoneman; granddaughters, Megan and Rachel Stoneman, all of Nashville, Tenn.; sister, Betty Evarts (Bert) of Maryville, Wash.; two brothers, Harold Brunstad (Jane) of Montesano, Wash., and Alan Brunstad (Karen) of Lacey, Wash.; mother-in-law, Elsie Bingham; sister-in-law, Nancy Hight (Wayne) all of Corinth; and sister-in-law, Frankie Fraley of Memphis, Tenn.; and seven nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were Steve Ashford, Steve Banister, Jules Dilday, Roger Dahberg, Dave Norris and Randy Vires.
Visitation was held Sunday, December 12, 2010 at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude Childrens Regional Hospital, P.O. Box 50, Memphis, TN 38101-0050.