MISSION – Lt. Col. Richard (Dick) Clark Dutnell passed away on Monday, April 17, 2017.
He was born on Sept. 12, 1932, in Lakewood, Ohio, and graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., with a bachelor’s in electrical engineering. He was the starting center and middle linebacker on Navy’s 1954 “Team Named Desire” squad that went 8-2 and defeated Mississippi 21-0, in the Sugar Bowl. Upon graduation, he joined the Air Force, and became an instructor pilot. While stationed at Moore Field in Mission, he met his future wife Janey Polk. His military career took them to Lubbock, San Antonio, Texas and Norman, Okla.
He earned his master’s in aeronautical engineering from the University of Oklahoma and spent a significant portion of his Air Force career in research and development. He served a year in Viet Nam, where he piloted an AC-47 “Puff”. He served four years as an associate professor of mathematics at the U.S. Air Force Academy (USAFA) in Colorado Springs, CO. After military retirement, he was a civil engineer with Engineering Enterprises in Norman and then as an aeronautical engineer at General Dynamics in Ft. Worth.
Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Janey Polk Dutnell of Mission; children, Russ of Norman, Steve of Oklahoma City and Tammy Murray of Lakewood, Co; and a grandson.
His cremated remains will be spread at a memorial service on the USAFA grounds. Service details are pending.