With a minister for a grandfather and a deacon for a father, Daniel Dunn was no stranger to going to funerals in his youth.
“I always loved how the funeral homes helped those grieving at the loss of their loved ones,” he says. “The atmosphere was always formal but loving and respectful.”
Funeral service was not Daniel’s first nor is it his only career. After attending community college for two semesters, Daniel says, “I was called to preach,” and he enrolled in World Christian Ministries and studied for the ministry. He has pastored at three churches in his 21 years of ministry. He also worked in security as well as in human resources.
But people can influence your path in life, even when you might not realize in the moment that a particular person is having an impact. For Daniel, that person was David, a funeral director Daniel met when Daniel was in high school and he won a writing contest whose prize was a limo ride to the prom from a local funeral home. The “chauffeur” ended up being David.
“He was a total professional and all around nice guy,” Daniel recalls. “He impressed me with his demeanor and occupation.” Later, in his first funeral service job, Daniel worked alongside David, and David also served Daniel’s family when Daniel’s grandfather and father passed away.
“David made a big impact to me,” Daniel says. “I think of him when I think of why I am in the funeral service today.”
Daniel says he came to Morris-Baker for two reasons: “Morris-Baker served my family in such a loving, sympathetic, professional way during such a difficult time, and Morris-Baker has an outstanding reputation for being the best funeral home in this community.”
Currently Daniel is an apprentice with Morris-Baker, and he is attending John A. Gupton Mortuary College.
“My biggest surprise in my time here has been seeing the amount of work that goes into a funeral service behind the scenes.”
During his apprenticeship, Daniel has taken a very proactive role in his learning, asking great questions and taking the lead on acquiring more skills.
We’re thrilled that he has joined our team.
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