John Edwin Brunt


Edwin Brunt passed to his rest early Friday morning, September 3, 2010, at his home in College Place. He was born November 17, 1916 in Washington, D. C., and grew up in Philadelphia until the death of his mother at age ten. He then moved back to Washington D. C. to live with his grandparents.

He became a shoe salesman as a young man, but had a great desire to move to the West. When he was twenty-one he hitchhiked across the country, and never returned to the East. He attended La Sierra College in Riverside, CA, where he met his wife, Anita Heytz. They were married on August 30,
1941 in San Bernardino, California. They soon moved to Glendale, CA, where they lived until 1984. John worked as the chief inspector at an aircraft manufacturing company there for twenty-five years. John had many hobbies, including leatherworking, oil painting, mineral collecting, lapidary work, and collecting rare western Americana books, Native American pottery and blankets. In the early seventies he opened a book shop of rare books which he owned and operated until he retired in 1984 and moved to Walla Walla. In 1988 he and Anita moved to College Place where they have lived ever since. John was a member of the Los Angeles Corral of the Westerners.

He and Anita were active members of the Glendale Seventh-day Adventist Church for 43 years and have been part of the Walla WallaUniversity
Seventh-day Adventist Church for the past 26 years. They celebrated their 69th wedding anniversary with a small party at their home on Monday,
August 30.

He is survived by his wife Anita, daughter Joy Veverka of College Place, two sons, John of Riverside, CA, and David of Wilmington, CA,
five grandchildren and six great grandchildren. The memorial service will be held in the Walla Walla University Seventh-day Adventist Church on Thursday, September 9, at 3:00 p.m. Memorial contributions may be given to the Mary Marker Scholarship Fund at Walla Walla University or to Blue Mountain Television through Mountain View-Colonial DeWitt, 1551 Dalles Military Road, Walla Walla, WA 99362.

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