John Dunlop, the last living founder of the Arizona Water Quality Association, passed away August 28, at the age of 86. He served as the organization’s charter Vice President in 1973 and as President in 1975, 1981 and 1982. Dunlop was also a well-respected small-business owner in the water conditioning industry. He formed High Peaks Water, which is now managed by his son, Bob.
Dunlop was born in Mason City, IA, on July 14, 1932, to Edmund and Mary Dunlop. He and his brother became sausage makers in Minnesota, following in their father’s footsteps. In 1972, Dunlop moved his family to Phoenix, AZ, where he and his wife of 62 years, Matilda (Til), raised their four children. He had a wonderful, dry sense of humor that made his friends and family laugh. He was a model train enthusiast, loved to travel with his wife and spend time with his family, especially his amazing grandchildren.
Dunlop will be long remembered for his integrity and dedication to serving others. He was a longtime supporter of numerous ministries, including Along Side Ministries, an organization helping incarcerated Christian men transition from prison to society. In retirement, Dunlop didn’t slow down. He cared for Til with compassion, devotion and love. Dunlop also advocated for his senior living community by co-coordinating an emergency-response support system, as well as a program connecting residents with mobility challenges with other residents who could assist with small chores.
Dunlop was preceded in death by his wife Matilda. He is survived by his brother; children Jeannie, Tom, Bob and Becky and seven grandchildren. A memorial was held on September 29. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in the name of John Dunlop to Hospice of the Valley or Desert Southwest Alzheimer’s Association.


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