JERSEYVILLE- Jarred Andrew Dunn, 33, passed away at 9:10 a.m., Sunday, March 2, 2014 at his home surrounded by his family after bravely battling brain cancer for 12 years.He was born in Chicago on Feb. 8, 1981, and was the son of Gerald F. & Mary L. (D'Amore) Dunn.His family moved to Great Falls, Montana when he was in the second grade, and he graduated from CM Russell High School in 1999. After high school he attended the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse on an ROTC scholarship and was a member of the Tau Kappa Epsilon National Fraternity. He earned a degree in Sociology in 2003, and utilized his passion for helping others as counselor specializing in working with at risk children and disabled adults in Oregon, Montana, and most recently Illinois.Jarred had many interests. He was an accomplished athlete, particularly in wrestling and weight lifting. He also loved rock climbing and mixed martial arts fighting. He earned his second degree karate black belt on February 1, 2014. Ever since he was little, he has had a love of music, and was a member of the Johnny Mac Jazz Band while he was in high school. During the last three years, Jarred has played tuba, euphonium and bass guitar with several local music organizations including Godfrey New Horizons Band and the Dixie Dudes. In addition to sports and music, Jarred was an avid reader and authored several short stories, and loved animals.Jarred and Leah Schwandt, formerly of Great Falls, Mt., were married on April 20, 2013 in Alton, and she survives.Also surviving are his parents, Jerry & Mary Dunn of Carlinville; three brothers and sisters in law, Richard Dunn of Weston, Mo., Aaron & Tammy Dunn of Cleveland, Ohio, Noel & Angie Dunn of Alexandria, Va.; five nephews & nieces, Jack, Carter, Amelia, Lilyana and Mark, whom loving referred to Jarred and their "Funcle" as he was their fun uncle. He will be greatly missed by all, including his dogs, Hunter & Sadie.Cremation has taken place and memorials in his honor may be given to the American Brain Tumor Association through Crawford Funeral Home in Jerseyville, who was in charge of the arrangements.
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